Sylvester Stallone’s agent has apologised for a mix-up which saw the real actor being left in Madame Tussauds and the waxwork flown back to America five years ago.
The error occurred in 2012 during the actor’s visit to London to attend the premiere of The Expendables 2, during which he visited the world famous display of waxworks, leading to the awkward mistake.
His agent Owen Vaughan told reporters “When we returned from London a few years ago, I had thought that something wasn’t quite as it should be, as Sylvester seemed more subdued than normal. But as he usually only communicates in neanderthal grunts I wasn’t too concerned.”
He continued “And any suspicions I had were allayed when two years ago he was awarded the Golden Globe for reprising his role at Rocky Balboa in ‘Creed’, which also saw him nominated for an Academy Award. This waxwork of himself has been successfully cast and subsequently starred in a number of blockbusters, so how was I to know?”
The error only came to light when staff at the tourist attraction tried to move the figure of Mr Stallone and were stunned when he reportedly jumped and mumbled “Hey, any of you guys know where my agent went? He said he’d come back to pick me up later and it feels like it’s been ages.”
Mr Vaughan concluded “In my defence, he has always looked like a waxwork that has been stood near a hot lamp for too long.”
“Anyone could have made that mistake.”
The waxwork has now been returned to Madame Tussauds and Sylvester Stallone is currently auditioning for new roles, although it remains to be seen whether he will continue the success that his wax double has enjoyed over the last four years.