The newest wax statue created by Dwayne Johnson isn’t very “Rock” solid.
The response to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s 51st birthday sculpture, which was unveiled this month at the Musée Grévin in Paris, France, was swift and harsh. Numerous admirers of Johnson expressed their displeasure that the actor from Black Adam’s wax figure did not resemble the Hollywood icon. Many people thought the likeness was more like the Mr. Clean mascot from Procter & Gamble.
Since the figure’s skin tone is far paler than Johnson’s, the Parisian wax museum has been accused of “whitewashing” Dwayne Johnson, a Samoan.
Johnson expressed disapproval of the wax image personally on Sunday, stating that he is “updating” the figure with the museum “starting with my skin color.”
Johnson posted a video on his Instagram account featuring the wax figure created by well-known social media creator James Andre Jefferson Jr. Jefferson made fun of the sculpture artist in the video for “making The Rock look like David Beckham.”
Jefferson made a joke, saying, “It looks like he works at H&R Block or something.” “The Rock appears to be a member of the Royal Family.”
“Is this how you guys felt when you lost The Little Mermaid?” he asked, alluding to Disney’s decision to cast Black actress Halle Bailey in the upcoming live-action picture. “I comprehend. Let’s play Uno in reverse; you get The Rock back, and we get The Little Mermaid.
(NOTE: There is profanity in the video below. Watch what you want to see.)
Johnson claimed to have “belly laughed” at Jefferson’s footage.
To “update” my wax figure here with some critical details and improvements—beginning with my skin tone—I’m going to have my staff get in touch with our colleagues at the Grevin Museum in Paris, France, he wrote.
Johnson said, “And I’ll stop in and have a drink with myself the next time I’m in Paris.”
Even though Johnson wants to make his waxy resemblance more realistic, many on social media continue to make fun of the figure.
One of Johnson’s followers commented, “They made The Rock look more like The Sourdough Loaf,” beneath the photo.
Another person said, “They got you lookin’ like my iPhone charger, bruh.”
This week, a 2022 wax model of Lil Wayne for the Hollywood Wax Museum went viral once more due to the statue’s resemblance—or lack thereof—to the rapper.
However, there are instances when the artist practically over-captures the celebrity’s image.
On Sunday, the latest sculpture of Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker was presented by the Madame Tussauds branch in Las Vegas. The rock star described the wax replica as “insane” and “unreal” because of how much it resembled him, right down to the freckle on his ear and his other tattoos.