Tarrant Waxes Lyrical over Tussaud's Model

By Sykes, Tom | The Evening Standard (London, England), February 28, 2001 | Go to article overview

Tarrant Waxes Lyrical over Tussaud's Model


Sykes, Tom, The Evening Standard (London, England)


Byline: TOM SYKES

CHRIS TARRANT looks a little bemused as he comes face-to-face with a clay model of his head which will be used to create a Madame Tussaud's waxwork.

The DJ and television presenter was introduced to his effigy during his breakfast show on Capital FM, and said it closely resembled the real thing: "It has definitely got the lived-in look. This is a man who works in the mornings and the evenings and needs a good night's sleep. I've even got that cheesy grin on my face," he commented.

Tarrant said that while he was flattered and excited to be in Madame Tussaud's, he had found "scary" the process of making the clay bust, which will form the basis of a plaster cast which will then be used to create the wax model.

"It is quite disconcerting," he told the Evening Standard. "They treat you like you are a pork chop. They look at you and go, 'oh his nose is a bit big'. The worst bit is when they bring in the box of eyeballs."

Sculptor Jim Kempton said one of the most time- consuming parts of making a model is getting the hairstyle right. Each hair is individually inserted into the waxwork "until it looks like a Yeti" and then cut into the personality's most recognisable style. …

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