Honorary Greek Tom Hanks Becomes a Wax Figure in His Adopted Country



A wax museum in the northern Greek city of Kavala plans to celebrate the reopening of museums throughout Greece on June 15 with the unveiling of a wax figure of one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors, and honorary Greek citizen, Tom Hanks.

The wax statue of Hanks will be the 31st exhibit to be unveiled at the Theodoros Kokkinidis Wax Museum in Kipia, Kavala.

“Being in lockdown at home seemed to have a creative effect on me, since I spent this time designing a wax effigy of the philhellene and award-winning Hollywood actor,” Theodoros Kokkinidis told ANA-MPA.

The new wax figure of Tom Hanks

Kokkinidis said that he chose to depict Hanks in a “mature phase” of his life rather than as the young comedian who won over Greek audiences in the late 1980s and 1990s, because it “better encapsulates the personality of a great artist who has given so much to world cinema.”

Like all other museums across Greece, the Wax Museum of Theodoros Kokkinidis will reopen its doors on Monday with strict safety measures, so that everyone can visit and take photos with the famous figures from around the world.

Kokkinidis also announced that he is preparing to participate in the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Greek War of Independence in 2021.

“In the coming weeks I will begin preparations for the design and craftsmanship of the wax figures of two important protagonists of 1821 who contributed decisively to the Greek revolution. So, together with the model of the first governor of Greece, Ioannis Kapodistrias, which was created in 2019, we will send our own message that our country remembers and honors those who fought for its freedom and independence.”

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