Robert Pattinson Gets Covered in Hot Wax
By Zach Dionne Posted Mar 4th 2010 11:30AM
Robert Pattinson is moving to Times Square -- sort of. His waxen doppelganger will be unveiled at Madame Tussauds in New York City on March 25.
The 'Twilight' heartthrob will join the company of all-time leading men Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, John Travolta and Hugh Grant in the Opening Night Party themed room. "This is our spot for the A-list celebrities," Rosemary del Prado of Madame Tussauds told PopEater on a tour of the wax Pattinson's soon-to-be home. "It feels like you're walking into a Hollywood after-party."
Pattinson will be a permanent addition to the museum's 200 figures. "It's been a frenzy; people absolutely love him. So many e-mails, so many phone calls, a flood at our suggestions kiosk -- Robert's been one of our top-requested stars for a long time," del Prado said.
Sculpting Pattinson, who has twice been named one of PEOPLE magazine's Sexiest Men Alive, has been a six-month process that is only now nearing conclusion. Principal sculptor Stephen Mansfield spoke to PopEater from London after the completion of the sculpture portion, before R-Pattz was sent off to the molding and coloring phases: "I'm really happy with it. It captures him quite well. It's got that cool, stylish look he has."
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Mansfield aims to meet all the subjects he can, but Pattinson's work load was too hefty for a sit-down. "In a case like this, the figure is done using all the same processes, but with more extensive visual research," Mansfield said. "We learn a lot when we actually meet the people, but we can still apply the same techniques and processes to figures where we're not immediately able to sit down with them. Remember, we also do a lot of historical figures, so we wouldn't be able to meet them, anyway."
Every detail is critical in bringing life and shape to the figure, but perhaps none so much as that head of hair, the one GQ called the best since James Dean, the best on the planet. "If he's got anything, it's hair," Mansfield said. "We model hair on the sculpture to get an idea for hairline and the shape of his skull. Eventually, the hair is inserted, one hair at a time. It's quite a job, in this case, because he's got so much and it's such a famous hairstyle. It'll be inserted overlong, then cut and styled particularly."
As part of the special unveiling -- the likes of which only Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers have seen lately -- Madame Tussauds will offer opportunities for R-Pattz' biggest fans to attend the launch. "We'll have live information on our Web site next week. We're only letting in a certain amount of fans," del Prado said.
The museum doesn't shy away from visitors touching the figures or cozying up for photo ops, so Twi-hards will finally have their shot at hugging Edward Cullen or running their fingers through his famous locks.
Is there any chance the flesh-and-blood R-Pattz will make an appearance at the sculpture's launch? "I don't want to get my hopes up too much," del Prado said, "but he is aware he has his figure coming and he's been invited."
The wax figure's launch comes in tandem with the release of Pattinson's new film, 'Remember Me.' An additional sculpture will launch at the Madame Tussauds in London.
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