The Rock's New Wax Figure Resembles Vin Diesel, Say Fans

Controversy surrounds Dwayne Johnson's recent museum tribute

by Zain ul Abedin
The Rock's New Wax Figure Resembles Vin Diesel, Say Fans
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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, the Hollywood powerhouse and former wrestling champion, recently had a wax figure unveiled in his honor at the esteemed Grévin Museum in Paris. However, this unveiling led to an unexpected twist when fans started drawing comparisons between the figure and another Hollywood icon, Vin Diesel.

When the Grévin Museum proudly shared images of their newest waxwork on Instagram, it was evident that the artistic representation had missed the mark, eliciting an outpouring of comments from fans. Many of these comments criticized the museum for its “embarrassing” attempt, with some even stating that this was “not one of the museum’s best efforts”.

However, what stole the spotlight was the uncanny resemblance fans saw between 'The Rock's' wax figure and Vin Diesel, Johnson's co-star from the blockbuster Fast and Furious series. The duo, often referred to as 'frenemies' in Hollywood circles, share a complicated history.

Hence, comments such as “Dwayne Vin Diesel Johnson” and “That’s Vin ‘The Rock’ Diesel” flooded the museum's social media.

Fans Question Johnson's Wax Likeness

Another pressing concern from fans was the figure's questionable representation of Johnson's heritage.

The Rock proudly identifies as half-black and half-Samoan. Concerned fans questioned the museum's intent, asking, “Why’s he white? And when are you going to fix it?” and remarking, “Why would you white wax [wash] him?” So far, the star of 'Jumanji' and 'Baywatch' has remained silent about his wax counterpart.

The irony of the situation is amplified by the past rifts between Diesel and Johnson. The two were at the center of Hollywood chatter in 2016 when Johnson alluded to professional differences with some male co-stars on the Fast and Furious set.

He vented, “Some conduct themselves as stand-up men and true professionals, while others don’t”. Elaborating further, Johnson expressed that watching certain scenes in the movie would reveal his genuine frustrations.

While the wax figure might be a source of amusement for many, it serves as a reminder of the complexities and intricacies that go into capturing the essence of a celebrity. The Grévin Museum's intent to honor Johnson has inadvertently shed light on the age-old challenge of artistic representation.

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