(Aug 24, 2012, Shanghai) – The “Mack Daddy” Lee Min-ho has starred in a variety of roles on TV screen, most of whom are handsome and lovely, including arrogant yet charming Gu Jun-pyo in TV drama Boys over Flowers, and graceful and sophisticated Lee Yoon-sung in a hit action drama City Hunter. However in real life he is polite and modest. Recently, Lee’s PR agent disclosed that “his wax statue will find residence in Shanghai Madame Tussauds Wax Museum located in the 10th floor of New World Emporium, No. 2-68, West Nanjing Road in April.” To make a lifelike wax model of Lee, the best production team of British Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, together with working staff of Madame Tussauds Shanghai and SLA Culture Media, flied to South Korea to take his measurement, decide the costume, make-up and hair style of the statue.
The 200-plus-year-old Madame Tussauds Wax Museum has state-of-art techniques and tradition in making wax figures, and it will usually, before selecting any celebrity for making a model, conduct a wide range of research. The selected celebrity must not only be a successful person in certain areas, but be esteemed and admired by local people. The wax museum is truly a hall of fame as it holds wax images of nearly all big names and social figures around the world including Queen Elizabeth II, Michael Jackson, Charles Chaplin, among others. Lee Min-ho is one of the most popular actors in Asian showbiz, and has the potential to be the new-generation Korean superstar. His acting career began in 2006, but his breakthrough did not come until 2009 with the lead role of Gu Jun-pyo in Boys Over Flowers. Later, he starred in the hit action drama City Hunter. The drama’s popularity has also contributed to Lee’s growing fame in Asia, making him one of the hottest actors and the favorite of commercial advertisers. His modest smile, positive working attitude, model-like physical appearance and stunning performance have won the heart of TV audience. Lee felt happy and lucky to be able to have his wax image displayed in the Wax Museum. As Lee has attained a high level of popularity in China, Shanghai will be chosen as the place to unveil his wax figure, making him the first Korean actor having a wax likeness in Madame Tussauds Shanghai.
Having heard that the wax museum would like to take his measurement, Lee Min-ho flew from the shooting site of his new drama Faith to Seoul and discussed details of the wax model with the British tailor and other working staff. Making a wax figure is not an easy job. The measurement alone will take nearly 3 hours and involve a series of steps, including creative image report, measuring and shooting of every detail of the human body, collection of more than 200 personal data, and color matching. During the process, the working staff marked over 200 points on Lee’s body in an effort to make accurate measurement. To capture his facial expressions, more than 500 close-up photos were taken. Standing in the same posture and keeping the same smile for three hours, Lee never grumbled and even poked fun of his “half-smiling” face.
After collecting necessary data, the wax production team will spend 6-8 weeks in producing a pottery figure, based on which a plaster mould will be made; then melted wax will be poured into the mould to form a prototype; and the next step goes to 8-12-week-long sculpting work including hair implant, coloring and shaping of the physical body. All the above work will be completed in Madame Tussauds London. Finally, the wax figure will be transported to Shanghai. Before released to the public, the wax museum together with Lee Min-ho will have a final check of the wax copy to make sure the best effect.
It is worth mentioning that Lee’s exclusive stylist will design the wax model and even present as gift some of Lee’s unique costumes to the museum. It’s time to imagine what will the wax duplicate of your idol look like next April when the wax image is to be unveiled? And how you are going to pose for photograghs with him?