The Rock asks for 'important changes' French waxwork unveiled
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson asks for ‘important changes’ after life-size French waxwork was unveiled
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has asked for ‘important changes’ to be made after a lifesize waxwork of himself was unveiled by a French waxwork museum.
The actor, 51, took to social media to reveal he would be contacting The Musée Grévin in Paris after the controversial waxwork under heavy criticism from fans.
Dwayne and his fans have commented on the waxwork’s seemingly lighter skin tone, with the star telling how he will be asking for the skin color to be ‘updated’.
The Rock broke his silence in an Instagram post to poke fun at the figure, but added that he seeks to reach out to the museum to have the artwork ‘updated’ with some ‘important details and improvements’.
Changes: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has asked for ‘important changes’ to be made after a lifesize waxwork of himself was unveiled by a French waxwork museum
Hitting out: Dwayne and his fans have commented on the waxwork’s seemingly lighter skin tone, with the star telling how he will be asking for the skin color to be ‘updated’
Dwayne reposted a video by social media comedian James Andre Jefferson Jr, who sarcastically hit out at the waxwork.
The jokester, who spoke over a snapshot of the rebuked figure, said: ‘That’s how Paris think he look. They turned The Rock into a pebble. It look like The Rock ain’t never seen the sun a day in his life. Whoever the artist is, don’t need to do no type of art.’
Johnson, who appeared to be amused by the comedian’s commentary, posted the video and accompanied it with a caption to share his own thoughts on his waxwork.
The Jumanji star wrote: ‘I knew my boy @jamesjeffersonj had this Rock wax statue in his roasting crosshairs. Legit belly laughed at this.
‘For the record, I’m going to have my team reach out to our friends at Grevin Museum, in Paris France so we can work at “updating” my wax figure here with some important details and improvements – starting with my skin color.’
He concluded, ‘And next time I’m in Paris, I’ll stop in and have a drink with myself,’ adding a wink emoji.
The post, which has received over 150,000 likes, saw fans express both their disappointment and confusion at the waxwork.
One fan wrote, ‘Looks awful. No character to it at all,’ while another said, ‘They made The Rock look more like The Sourdough Loaf.’
Berated: The Rock reposted a video by social media comedian James Andre Jefferson Jr, who sarcastically berated the artists’ work (Pictured: plastic artist Stéphan Barret, right, in 2023)
The Rock’s review: The Rock broke his silence yesterday in an Instagram post to poke fun at his wax figure, but added that he seeks to reach out to the museum to have the artwork ‘updated’ with some ‘important details and improvements’
Backlash: Fans expressed shock, disappointment and confusion at the striking difference between Johnson and his wax figure counterpart on Instagram
A bemused fan also wrote, ‘That’s not The Rock, that’s The Glacier,’ while another commented, ‘He look like Vin Diesel’s son.’
One unimpressed commenter said, ‘Definitely not his complexion,’ while another asked, ‘Where’s the melanin?’
A bemused The Rock fan said, ‘It gotta sit in the sun for a bit,’ while another wrote, ‘Nahhhhh they wrong for this Mess!!!’
A final perplexed commenter wrote, ‘So y’all are just gonna leave out The Rock’s whole skin tone?? Did yall not look at a pic or anything?? A video?? Ask someone of color their opinion?’
The scultptor behind the wax work, Stéphane Barret, stated on The Musée Grévin website that he relied on only photographs to perfect The Rock’s look.
He said: ‘What was a little harder for me was the sample photo that was chosen, where he just had a very slight smile on his face, an expression that’s quite difficult to achieve. It was very subtle.
‘We worked on his face and eyes several times, because the most complicated thing about realism is getting the statue to come alive from the visitors’ perspective.’
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