John Boyega came face to face with his waxwork for the first time on Friday (Picture: PA)
The figure of the 30-year-old stands in an outfit, designed by his sister Grace, which reflects his love of tailoring and West African heritage.
‘The styling of my figure was really important to me, and I saw this as an opportunity for my sister to come in and create something that merges my love of a good, fitted suit with the beautiful materials that represent my West African culture, and this outfit epitomises me perfectly,’ the star explained at the event.
‘It’s snazzy,’ he added.
The model was styled by his sister Grace (pictured) to reflect his West African heritage (Picture: PA)
Madame Tussauds London artist Sophie Crudgington put the final touches on the waxwork, as Boyega looked on (Picture: PA)
The actor stood next to his model to check its likeness (Picture: PA)
Boyega joked: ‘First of all, I didn’t know my head was that big, which is something to take in, but to see my figure in the flesh is ridiculous.
‘I’m happy to be here and lucky to be in a position to be celebrated this way. Actors’ awards are nice, but getting a figure at Madame Tussauds London means you’re doing something right.’
Peckham-born Boyega attended a sitting in September last year with Madame Tussauds London’s artists, during which precise measurements and reference photographs were taken.
He was delighted by the accuracy of the waxwork, even if he said it showed him he had a ‘big head’ (Picture: PA)
Boyega and his sister Grace are probably the only people allowed to touch this outside of the attraction’s team of artists! (Picture: PA)
Here’s your side-by-side comparison (Picture: PA)
‘The whole experience of getting a figure was nice and easy but the Madame Tussauds London artists took some really weird measurements that I’ve never experienced before – despite having been measured for many film roles – I’ve never had my eyeballs compared to another pair of eyeballs,’ he revealed.
‘I think the fans are really going to like this figure; it’s been well thought out and designed with love. It looks brilliant, and I really appreciate it,’ the Golden Globe winner added.
Madame Tussauds announced the Bafta award-winning actor would join its ranks in March, marking his 30th birthday.
Boyega offered a good profile picture next to his double too (Picture: PA)
The Star Wars actor was joined by his family for the unveiling, including sisters Blessing (far left) and Grace (Picture: PA)
He joked about previously having his eyeballs examined by the team for his waxwork (Picture: PA)
Tim Waters, general manager at Madame Tussauds London, said: ‘John Boyega is one of Britain’s most exciting and celebrated film stars.
‘Big things have been predicted for John ever since his 2014 breakout Star Wars role, but his star trajectory is going even further than could have been imagined.
‘On top of being an incredibly talented actor, he speaks for a generation and uses his platform to pay opportunities forward to other young creatives.’
The waxwork was unveiled at a special event in front of Boyega’s family and friends on Friday.
Mr Waters added: ‘Many will know how important family is to John, so welcoming some of those closest to him to see the figure before it goes live to our guests felt like a really fitting way to celebrate this special moment.’
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