Madame Tussauds Sydney reveals Guy Pearce’s wax figure dressed as Felicia from ‘The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’
Guy Pierce comes to Madame Tussauds Sydney
In the spirit of Sydney’s Mardi Gras, Madame Tussauds Sydney unveiled a wax figure of one of Australia’s most iconic actors, Guy Pearce, clothed in full drag regalia. Revealed for the first time, Guy Pearce’s wax figure is dressed as the unforgettable Felicia Jollygoodfellow from The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (1994).
Pearce’s wax figure didn’t need Felicia’s obnoxious persona to get noticed, with the character flamboyantly dressed in nothing but red, yellow and white feathers; the same outfit worn when Felicia, Bernadette and Mitzi reached the top of King’s Canyon.
Playing an integral role in the creation of the wax figure, Pearce said “You know they always said it’s painful being waxed, well they're right. Trying to hold a 'Priscilla' pose in my 40's was far more difficult than in my 20's. I'm thrilled of course to be included in this new exhibition. As a kid I visited Madame Tussauds in London many times and to now be part of the international collection, particularly in such a masculine way, is truly an honour.”
Whilst a bottle of champagne wasn’t smashed on a ‘budget Barbie camper’ at the official unveiling, the Director of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Stephan Elliott was present. Elliot commented, “Guy had just finished his role on Neighbours when I cast him as Felicia. People thought it utter lunacy. Mike from Ramsey Street in drag? Are you kidding?
"Mr Pearce had the last laugh of course. Felicia's bus top opera became one of the most iconic images of Australian film. Only last week I saw a caricature of Prime Minister Gillard dressed as Felicia on top of Kevin Rudd’s bus. That's parody 20 years on. It still astounds me."
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