New Boston Wax Museum's Likenesses Are ... Something

Tom Brady looks like someone who 'would murder you and hide the body'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 31, 2017 1:49 PM CDT

(Newser) – A good roasting hasn't caused a meltdown at Boston's new wax museum. Officials at the Dreamland Wax Museum say they're embracing the extra attention brought by waves of online hecklers who have lampooned some of its less-than-flattering likenesses. Photos of the museum's life-sized wax figures have been circulating online since it opened its doors in July, reports the AP, in some cases inspiring scorching ridicule. It started with a wax portrayal of President Trump that some say looks more like South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. Then it was a statue of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady that some called "creepy," with one online critic saying it looks like someone who "would murder you and hide the body."

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Michael Pelletz, the museum's vice president of sales, says some of the figures aren't perfect because they're based on photos instead of actual measurements from the celebrities. And if the sculptors aren't keenly familiar with every contour of Brady's face, he said they can be forgiven—most are based overseas, in London and Paris. Still, Pelletz said even the imperfect statues are works of art that take months to create. Going forward, most new models will be created only after artists sit down with the subject to gather dozens of dimensions. The goal is to add about five statues a year, mostly of stars with roots in Boston. So far, the jeers have targeted only a small fraction of the 101 wax models in the museum, which marks the first foray into the US by a Brazilian company that owns 30 wax museums in Brazil and Mexico. (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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