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Dwayne Johnson‘s newest wax figure isn’t exactly “Rock” solid.

When the Musée Grévin in Paris, France, unveiled its new sculpture of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, 51, this month, the reaction was instantly critical. Hordes of Johnson’s fans complained the wax figure of the Black Adam actor looked nothing like the A-list star. In fact, many felt the resemblance was closer to the Procter & Gamble mascot Mr. Clean.

The Parisian wax museum has been accused of “whitewashing” Johnson, who is Samoan, as the figure’s skin tone is considerably lighter than Johnson’s.

Johnson himself also took issue with the wax figure and said on Sunday that he is working with the museum to “update” the figure, “starting with my skin color.”

Johnson shared a video about the wax figure from the popular social media creator James Andre Jefferson Jr. to his Instagram account. In the clip, Jefferson disparaged the sculpture artist for “making The Rock look like David Beckham.”

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“It looks like he works at H&R Block or something,” Jefferson quipped. “It looks like The Rock is part of the Royal Family.”

“Is this how y’all felt when you lost The Little Mermaid?” he continued, referencing Disney’s casting of Halle Bailey, who is Black, in the new live-action film. “I understand. Let’s do Uno reverse, y’all get the Little Mermaid back, we get The Rock back.”

(NOTE: The following clip contains foul language. Watch at your own discretion.) 

Johnson said he “belly laughed” at Jefferson’s video.

“For the record, I’m going to have my team reach out to our friends at Grevin Museum, in Paris France so we can work at ‘updating’ my wax figure here with some important details and improvements- starting with my skin color,” he wrote.

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“And next time I’m in Paris, I’ll stop in and have a drink with myself,” Johnson concluded.

Despite Johnson’s desire to improve his waxy likeness, social media users are still enjoying poking fun at the figure.

“They made The Rock look more like The Sourdough Loaf,” one follower wrote under Johnson’s post.

“They got you lookin’ like my iPhone charger bruh,” commented another.

The Rock is not the only celebrity to have a botched wax figure.

Just this week, a wax figure created in 2022 of Lil Wayne for the Hollywood Wax Museum again went viral for its likeness (or lack thereof) to the rapper.

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But sometimes, the artist captures the celebrity’s likeness almost too well.

On Sunday, the Las Vegas location of Madame Tussauds unveiled its newest sculpture of Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. The rocker called the wax figure “insane” and “unreal” for its incredible similarity to him — down to his many tattoos and the freckle on his ear.

Perhaps the artist of Johnson’s sculpture will get wax inspiration from the success of Barker’s figure.

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