I’ll admit that one of my favourite things to do in the world is visiting the various Madame Tussauds whenever I travel somewhere that has one.
I am not only astounded by how life-like they are, to the point of sometimes being a little creeped out (yes Dalai Llama, I am referring to you) but also that the museum openly encourages you to interact with the wax figures – they often provide props for you to be photographed with and have no qualms with you taking your own photos.
On Monday 21st October the much anticipated wax model of Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch was unveiled to a very appreciative crowd of fans and museum staff. The museum’s general manager said they had been working diligently for a solid 3 months to get the figure finished “We had so many visits to our website on the day we announced we were creating Benedict’s figure that our system nearly crashed!”
Of his inclusion in the museums litany of immortalised stars, Cumberbatch said “What a weird and wonderful compliment to be included in the ranks of talent already committed to wax. I’ve been accused of being wooden in my work, but never waxy!” Ever the funny-man he added “Finally I can photobomb myself!”
Benedict’s likeness can be seen wearing a Spencer Hart suit, donated by the tailor, matching the outfit worn when he photobombed U2 at the Oscars this year.
While Cumberbatch was unable to attend the unveiling the Imitation Game star released a statement announcing: “I’m excited to see the finished, perfect, waxy me, although slightly terrified. The work is so detailed it’s going to feel a little uncomfortable and surreal seeing what I really look like,” adding: “I just wish it could take selfies and sign autographs.”
Crafted by Senior sculptor John Cormicon, they actor sat for thousands of photographs and the process has been uploaded to youtube via the Madame Tussauds channel.
I think that’s a fantastic reason for a trip back to London if ever I saw one! Watch the making of the figure below.