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Why Tussaud's doesn't have a Zeta waxwork

Aug 20 2003

Joanne Atkinson, The Western Mail


MADAME TUSSAUD'S have revealed the reason they have not got a waxwork of Catherine Zeta Jones is that they have to think of something for the model to do.

The legendary London attraction already has likenesses of Welsh singer Tom Jones, Tiger Bay diva Shirley Bassey, and Port Talbot actor Sir Anthony Hopkins.

But these models were all installed before Madame Tussaud's went interactive - a reinvention of the museum which has seen the introduction of a crawling figure of pop princess Kylie Minogue which whispers sweet nothings to customers, and a model of Jennifer Lopez which blushes when someone whispers into her ear.

A spokesperson for Madame Tussaud's said, "We do not currently have a Catherine Zeta Jones figure.

"We may make one in the future because she is a big star, but it's not just a case of creating a figure of somebody who is famous and recognisable any more, Madame Tussaud's is an interactive attraction for guests, so the model has to do something, really.

"We are just about to launch a Pop Idol attraction where guests can sing in front of a model of Simon Cowell, and he will comment on their efforts - he has recorded a load of put-downs and other comments."

So what could a Madame Tussaud's version of Swansea starlet CZJ do?

Perhaps the museum could ask Catherine to repeat her infamous chant of "Oggy, oggy, oggy" at the Baftas in February of this year? When she picked up her award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the hit musical Chicago she thanked "my Mam and Dad in Swansea, South Wales - Oggy, oggy, oggy, Oi, Oi, Oi." Couple this quote with Mrs Michael Douglas in a diaphanous black chiffon number, with a substantial cleavage, holding her award aloft and the crowds would flock in - although maybe CZJ wouldn't be too pleased to be immortalised when pregnant.

Another option would be to have a fully-functional model of Catherine changing baby Carys's nappy, while a wax version of three-year-old Dylan runs around squirting baby lotion everywhere.

But with a Welsh nanny, one assumes there is no need for Catherine to get her hands dirty changing nappies.

So maybe it's better to stick to a model of CZJ doing what she does best - walking along the red carpet, smiling sweetly and waving for the cameras - just don't take a photo of her while she's eating.


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