Jim Parsons is used to fame now that he’s eight seasons into his role as Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory. He’s probably used to seeing his face on magazine covers, on television screens and over the internet, but… in wax? Last week Parsons got a first glimpse of his wax replica that will head to Madame Tussauds Orlando, and the resemblance is uncanny.
People caught Parsons taking a selfie with his body double, and he even leaned in to give it a kiss on the cheek.
The artists who created the new Jim didn’t do so off mere photographs — they took more than 150 measurements of his head and body. Parsons donated some of Sheldon Cooper’s clothing that he’s worn on The Big Bang Theory. The actor was clearly impressed with the figure, which came together over a period of six weeks.
“Every detail on this figure is incredibly accurate and precise. From the color of the eyes to the facial figures, you can tell how hard the artists and sculptors work to achieve such a realistic portrayal.”
Madame Tussauds sets up shop in Orlando as of May 4, and the faux-Jim Parsons is to be shipped there in time for the grand opening.
The wax figure unveiling, which was also attended by Big Bang Theory co-star Simon Helberg, comes as Parsons makes the talk show rounds to promote his new film. He stars alongside music superstar Rihanna in the animated flick Home.
He told Jimmy Fallon that he often annoyed his famous co-star by spontaneously singing lines from her songs. As reported by ET, Rihanna was clear the propensity annoyed her.
“[Rihanna said] that gives me chills and not in a good way.”
Parsons assumed it was a little like fans greeting him with Sheldon Cooper’s beloved phrase, “Bazinga,” so he understood Rihanna’s perspective.
Playbill also reported on Jim’s discussion on Fallon of his upcoming role as God on Broadway. Parsons has enjoyed the unusual nature of the part.
“The premise is that God has some things he’d like to say to people and he thinks a good way to do that is Broadway, he’s got a showman type personality. But if he was just God, you wouldn’t be able to hear him or see him, he has to pluck a human body to interpret him. It’s a very freeing premise.”
The play is called An Act of God and is based on a book. Parsons joked on Instagram earlier this year he was “praying” for guidance in the role.
The Big Bang Theory will be back with new episodes on April 2nd. The show airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. on CBS.
[Jim Parsons photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds Hollywood]