One of the greatest martial arts icons ever – Bruce Lee has made an appearance at Sydney. In fact it is his life-sized wax model that made the appearance, much to the delight of the students of the Sydney Self Defense Center, all 5-10 year olds and who had the privilege of being at the unveiling and watching the martial arts icon before anyone else. They had an unique session held at the Chinese Garden of friendship, under the watchful eyes of the greatest on-screen martial arts exponent of the modern era.
The American born martial arts star was dressed in his iconic yellow and black jumpsuit, the same he wore in his last film ‘Game of Death’, demonstrating a move that is synonymous with the legend and inspiring his wards.
Bruce Lee is an icon of martial arts cinema, not only because of his legendary screen presence but because he single-handedly made martial arts popular across the world. Today martial arts is one of the most popular forms of self-defense as well as one of the biggest grossing film genres. 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the untimely death of this star who is still considered as a role model by millions of young people and martial arts enthusiasts across the world. Bruce Lee understood the importance of teaching martial arts to young people across the globe and this is why he opened his own martial arts school in 1959.
Kristy Enright, spokesperson at Madame Tussauds Sydney commenting on the occasion mentioned that the much anticipated wax figure of Bruce Lee has arrived in Madame Tussauds, albeit for a limited time only. She also mentioned that Bruce Lee’s films and his style of martial art have no doubt left a profound impact globally and the wax figure of the legend will be a great crowd puller at the exhibition.
The More than 800 hours went into getting right the looks of the legend and out of those 800 hours 140 went into putting each strand of hair into its place. Hours of his films were watched by the sculptors at Madame Tussauds in order to get enough material to perfect the looks. The final look of the star immortalizes him in his character Billy Lo from his final film Game of Death.