No, Johnny Depp, the real, living and breathing guy is not in D.C.–not that I’ve heard, but wax Johnny is. Wax Johnny is a life-size replica that recently arrived in Washington, D.C. along with his wax celebrity buddies. A new Madame Tussaud’s is opening on October 5 in the heart of the city. The original wax museum is in London. There are others in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, New York and Shanghai.
I have a recollection of going to Madame Tussaud’s in New York City, but it’s a vague memory, so perhaps this was just a weird dream–not a bad dream, but seriously, why would I have been at Madame Tussaud’s in a dream?
The Washington, D.C. version has themed sections. One section, The Spirit of Washington, D.C., includes scenes of important folks and events in American history. Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on the bus, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s conversation with Winston Churchill during World War II, J. Edgar Hoover’s quest to find Communists and Watergate are part of it. This is not a sugar coated version of history, but focuses on its turning points.
Another section explains how the figures are made and two other sections feature sports and entertainment industry icons. Glamour is where you’d find Johnny. I’ve always said I could watch Johnny Depp just sit in a chair. This is even better. He’s standing and looking right at me.