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‘The Rock’ waxwork to get dark-skinned makeover

'Promise to do better': Museum responds to The Rock controversy

Source: Facebook/Musée Grévin

A French museum has agreed to a major makeover of its waxwork figure of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, after he complained about its skin tone.

The Musée Grévin, which specialises in wax figures of famous people, was roasted by comedian James Andre Jefferson Jr for its sculpture of Johnson unveiled last week.

Many visitors also took aim at the waxwork, saying it was too light-skinned.

Jefferson said the Paris museum – which gets 800,000 visitors a year – made Johnson look like a “pebble”, David Beckham, and a member of Britain’s royal family.

“Is this how y’all felt when you lost the Little Mermaid?” he said.

Johnson’s late father, wrestler Rocky Johnson, was black, while his mother, Ata Maivia, is Samoan.

The actor agreed with Jefferson’s assessment.

“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 colour,” he wrote on Instagram.

“And next time I’m in Paris, I’ll stop in and have a drink with myself.”

On Wednesday, Musée Grévin told Deadline that it would “remedy” the waxwork as soon as possible.

“Dwayne Johnson is right and we noticed it and will obviously remedy it as quickly as possible and send him new photos once completed,” it said.

“We are waiting for him when he will come to Paris and the Grevin Wax Museum to celebrate that with a cup of champagne.”

The museum’s website says that sculptor Stéphane Barret “had to rely on photos and videos to create a statue as close to reality as possible, without the presence of” Johnson, when it came to making his waxwork figure.

In a later statement, museum director Yves Delhommeau said staff would “work all night” to fix the bungle.

“Crews will work through the night to ensure the likeness is more in keeping with the expectations of his fans,” he said.

“We’re also going to reconfigure the lighting because there was a lighting issue that was having the effect of lightening his skin.”

Johnson’s waxwork figure at the Paris museum shares space with more than 200 celebrities. Other famous names include John Lennon, Al Pacino, Emmanuel Macron, Nelson Mandela and Madonna.

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