Excite (US), August 7, 2001

Hollywood Wax Museum Packs a Punch ... Times Three

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Angelina Jolie, Russell Crowe, and Keanu Reeves give a whole new meaning to the phrase "star power" as they wield weapons from their box office hits in the Hollywood Wax Museum, starting today. The trio of action heroes will be showcased as intricately-crafted wax figures in detailed recreations of memorable scenes from "Tomb Raider," "Gladiator" and "The Matrix."

As video game vixen Lara Croft, Jolie's wax likeness -- sans tattoos and clad in her movie poster black spandex -- grips a gun as she's ready to spring forward and fire. The wax replica of Oscar winner Russell Crowe's Roman general Maximus holding his four-pound combed metal sword, was created from a mold of the original used in the epic film. And, the wax look-a-like of Reeves, as genius computer hacker Thomas Neo Anderson, is cloaked in his infamous full-length black jacket in a back alley of the future, brandishing his gun.

The hardest part of creating the shapely Jolie? "Her chest," says the Hollywood Wax Museum's sculptor Paul Barnes. To create perfectly-uniform D-cups, Barnes says, "I drove dry wall screws evenly into a rounded base and then filled up the spaces to the heads of the screws. The finishing touch was to make the breasts smooth all the way around. Funny thing is, Jolie is really a C-cup but they split the difference so she could play a double-D video game character."

The Museum's heavy-hitting newcomers will join more than 180 figures, including other favorite action stars such as Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in "Men in Black," Arnold Schwarzennegger in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," Lucy Lawless in "Xena: Warrior Princess," Sylvester Stallone in "Cliffhanger," Jean Claude Van Damme in "Street Fighter," and Steven Segal in "Exit Wounds."

The Hollywood Wax Museum, located at 6767 Hollywood Boulevard, is the world's only wax museum dedicated to showcasing Hollywood's greatest celebrities. Open 365 days a year, the most popular indoor attraction on Hollywood Boulevard has been rousing Tinseltown fans for over 35 years. Call (323) 462-5991 for more information.


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