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Hit Characters To Join Wax Museum

30 Jul, 2002 By: Hive News


Characters from three of the all-time highest grossing movies will join the star ranks of the Hollywood Wax Museum tomorrow.

Harry Potter, Spider-Man and Captain Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg), along with three primate co-stars from Planet of the Apes, will appear as if they stepped off the movie screen casting their spells, webs and blame, a museum spokesperson said.

Eleven-year-old Daniel Radcliffe, already waxing nostalgic about his role as the young wizard-in-training, is "lifelike to the point it's spooky," according to the Museum's wax artist Paul Barnes. The biggest challenge? "His eyes," said Barnes. "We had to bring in a pediatric ophthalmologist to help us create his baby blues with the focus and depth of the real thing."

The Hogwarts student is the Museum's fourth figure of age 12 or younger, joining Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker, Macaulay Culkin as Home Alone's Kevin McCallister and Shirley Temple.

A different kind of magic brought Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man to life in this year's blockbuster.

"Creating a real-life wax likeness of a digitally-created character is a challenge. Our team spent 200 hours molding the body and another 150 hours to paint and finish him," Barnes said.

The buff webslinger will net attention in the wax museum's front lobby as he poises to cast a spidery trap for the Green Goblin. Peter Parker's alter ego rounds out the museum's trio of superheroes, joining Superman (Christopher Reeve) and Batman (Michael Keaton).

Guests may also visit the eerie Sug Jungle, where General Thade (Tim Roth) and Colonel Attar (Michael Clarke Duncan) are stalking humankind's hero Captain Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) and his primate friend Krull (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa).

A special needle was used for the time-consuming job of inserting hair, one strand at a time, into the figures.

"Mark (Wahlberg), has about 8,000 hairs on his head, but that was nothing compared to the three apes,” Barnes said. “Their bodies, faces, and heads had to be plunged with more than 500,000 hairs."


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