The Rock urges skin tone change to wax figure in Paris museum

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The Dwayne Johnson wax figure at Musee Grevin in France. The figure shows a likeness of Johnson in a blue polo shirt and tattoos on his arms.Image source, Getty Images
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Dwayne Johnson says he wants the museum to update his wax figure's skin colour

Dwayne Johnson has said he will contact a gallery in Paris after a wax model of him appeared to present the actor with a lighter skin tone.

Fans pointed out the figure's skin tone was incorrect, after it was unveiled at the Grevin Museum last week.

The Rock shared a video from comedian James Andre Jefferson Jr asking if the wax artist had even Googled him.

He then called on the museum to "update my wax figure with some important details, starting with my skin colour".

"For the record, I'm going to have my team reach out to our friends at Grevin Museum," The Rock said on Instagram.

"And next time I'm in Paris, I'll stop in and have a drink with myself," he added.

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The Rock is one of Hollywood's highest paid actors

The Rock was born in California to a black Nova Scotian father and Samoan mother.

His dad, Wayde Douglas Bowles, was also a wrestler - known as Rocky Johnson - and was part of the first black tag team to win a WWE championship.

The museum unveiled the wax figure in Paris on 16 October and says on its website that artist Stéphane Barret had to rely on photos and videos to create the sculpture.

In a press release, it says the model's eyes "had to be redone three times to avoid too dark a tint making the star's face too hard and erasing its warm aspect".

BBC Newsbeat has contacted the Grevin Museum for comment but not heard back. However, in a statement to Deadline it said "Dwayne Johnson is right and we noticed it and will obviously remedy it as quickly as possible".

The Rock's representatives have also been contacted for comment.

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