- Published on Monday, November 19 2012
- Written by Felix Kay
Stephen Colbert, the man, the myth, the legend, is now immortal – as a wax figure at Madame Tussaud's. Last week, in Washington D.C., the political satirist helped unveil his wax figure, which included a replica of the "Colbert Report" set. Not only will guests be able to take pictures with their favorite TV host, but they will be able to sit next to him behind his desk.
Most famous for his work on his Comedy Central "fake news" show, he has received many legitimate honors, including two prestigious Peabody Awards, 25 primetime Emmy nominations, and two Emmy wins for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy program. Beyond the show, Colbert is a best-selling author and comedian.
Transforming from mere man to immortal is not an easy process. Madame Tussaud's artists took more than 250 precise measurements and photographs, capturing him from every angle. Colbert was a good sport and an active participant in the creation of his figure to make sure it was perfect -- he donated his own clothes, including a suit, tie, shirt, cuff links, socks, shoes, and lapel pin. Not one detail was missed; he even provided them information for his eyeglasses, which they recreated to exact specification and magnification.
After working diligently to ensure the figure fully captured his unique style, exact eye color, build, and overall allure -- including his signature "thumbs up" gesture and raised eyebrow -- Colbert stood amazed after the curtains dropped due to the remarkable likeness. "Stephen Colbert's reaction to seeing his wax figure for the first time was priceless and proof positive that our talented artists have once again successfully captured not only the subject's physical appearance but his spirit and character as well. We are delighted that Mr. Colbert loves his figure," said Dan Rogoski, General Manager for Madame Tussaud's D.C.
Madame Tussaud's is world famous for their wax figures. The Washington D.C location houses likenesses of all 44 U.S. Presidents and showcases some of the world's most recognized individuals, including Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Michael Jackson, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Oprah Winfrey, Babe Ruth, Johnny Depp, and Tiger Woods, among others.
If you weren’t old enough to meet or see someone famous, like Marilyn Monroe, wax museums give you that chance to go back in time. But they can also be a little freaky. Although I find them cool, ever since I watched the film House of Wax, I haven’t looked at a wax figure the same way!
- Felix Kay, YH Staff
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