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THE GREVIN MUSEUM in Paris, the French capital, is famous for its realistic wax statues. On October 16th, it unveiled a new wax figure representing actor Dwayne Johnson (also known as The Rock). However, the novelty did not please part of the public, who claimed that the wax figure’s skin tone was lighter than in reality. Days later, the artist posted on his social media a video by a comedian about the mistake made by the sculptors. “For the record, I’m going to have my team reach out to our friends at Grevin Museum (…) so we can work at ‘updating’ my wax figure here with some important details and improvements- starting with my skin color” The Rock declared on the post.

To respond, the museum issued a statement on the 23rd, acknowledging the mistake and stating that the artists were already fixing the sculpture. The next day, Yves Delhommeau, the institution’s general director, posted a video about the misunderstanding: “Last week, we unveiled Dwayne Johnson’s figure and we got a big surprise when we put him under the lights. His skin tone seemed too pale,” he said. “And we suddenly realized that we might have got it wrong.” Yves stated that wax painting is a long, complicated process, and that skin texture is created using several photos.

Who is Dwayne Johnson?

Born in 1972 in the United States, The Rock has been a professional wrestler, an American football player, and is currently a film actor. For example, he was in the Fast & Furious saga and will be part of the Moana live-action movie.


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