Grévin has new statues. Just over a hundred days before the start of the Rugby World Cup in France (September 8-October 28), Blues scrum half Antoine Dupont and former France XV opening half Frédéric Michalak made Wednesday evening their entry to the Parisian museum.
“Frankly, it’s disturbing to find yourself face to face with” yourself “, said Dupont (26 years old, 47 selections), whose wax statue sports the official outfit of the XV of France of which he is captain. “Honestly, it’s crazy work”, added, admiringly, the player, joking that he had “had to take a red card (on November 12 against South Africa, following which he had received a four-week suspension, reduced to two on appeal) in order to be able to take the first steps” for his double.
A “super weird” experience for Michalak
Michalak (40 years old, 77 selections), whose statue is dressed as a coach since he will join the management of Racing 92 next season, described as “super weird” the fact of being next to his double, that his four children, who came to Grévin, found “very similar”, he confided.
The two players, emblematic figures of the France team as of the Toulouse stadium about ten years apart, began to pose for their wax doubles on November 14th. The Parisian establishment, which claims more than 850,000 visitors per year, specified that they had first lent themselves “to the game of photos, videos, 3D image captures, face and body measurements and molding of hands”. It then took a second appointment “to check the plastiline modeling of the face”, which took place, in the case of Antoine Dupont, in Marcoussis, at the National Rugby Center, during the Six Nations Tournament. .
Jauréguy, Mias and Chabal already in wax
Dupont and Michalak join other great figures of French rugby at Grévin: winger Adolphe Jauréguy (1898-1977, 31 selections), second line Lucien Mias (92 years old, 29 selections) as well as third line Sébastien Chabal (45 years, 62 selections), reconverted as a television consultant.
Their doubles appear in the sports district of the museum, not far from Kylian Mbappé (football), Zinédine Zidane (football), Camille Lacourt (swimming), Clarisse Agbegnenou (judo), Renaud Lavillénie (pole vault) or Martin Fourcade ( biathlon).