Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is not satisfied with his new wax figure at the Grevin Museum in Paris, France. The actor said he approached his team and asked them to change a major part of the figure: its skin color.
Johnson on Sunday shared an Instagram Reel featuring comedian James Andre Jefferson Jr., who mocked the wax statue. “This is what Paris thinks he looks like,” Jefferson said, sharing a photo of the wax figure. “They turned the rock into pebbles.”
Jefferson added, “It looks like The Rock has never seen the sun a day in his life.”
Johnson, who is Black and Samoan, also shared video of Jefferson On his own Instagram page,
“For the record, I’m going to have my team reach out to our friends at the Grévin Museum in Paris France so we can work on ‘updating’ my wax figure here with some important details and improvements – my skin color. “And next time I’m in Paris, I’ll stop by and have a drink with you,” he wrote in the caption.
The Gravin Museum, like the Madame Tussauds wax museums in New York City and London, displays wax figures of celebrities. His personalities range from Charlie Chaplin to Nelson Mandela and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Sculptor Stephen Barrett created a wax statue of Johnson using photos and videos rather than seeing the star in person. the museum said in a news release Monday.
“Teams took to the gym in hopes of finding someone who matched The Rock’s extraordinary measurements,” the news release said.
“It’s true that making people of this size is always impressive,” Barrett said in a statement. “We were so lucky that we found someone who matched Dwayne Johnson’s physicality and height. That really helped us get it right.”
Barrett said that the subtle smile that Johnson used to create the portrait was difficult to achieve.
According to the release, Johnson’s eyes were recreated three times to ensure they were warm and not too dark, while his Samoan tattoos took 10 days to color.
CBS News has contacted the Gravin Museum for comment and awaits a response.
According to the sports news publication, Johnson, who wrestles for WWE, is estimated to be 6’5” tall and weigh 260 pounds. Bleacher Report. After a successful wrestling career, he turned to an even more successful acting career, starring in action films such as the “Fast & Furious” franchise. He became Hollywood’s highest-paid actor in 2016 and from 2019 to 2021, According to Forbes.
Johnson’s mother is Samoan, and he has portrayed Pacific Islander characters such as Maui in the Disney animated film “Moana.” In 2021, he created and starred in the autobiographical sitcom “Young Rock”, which chronicles his childhood with his father, Canadian wrestler Rocky Johnson, who is black.
In 2019, responding to a Twitter user who said The Rock was “absolutely” cast as a Samoan wrestler, Johnson said he recognizes As both black and Samoan.
“Glad I found this out and will give you guys some context and truth. I recognize who I am – both. Equally proud. Black/Samoan,” Johnson tweeted. And my friends, let me expand on my thoughts a little bit here – I got into wrestling by running so I wasn’t booked that way.