E.T. lands at Madame Tussauds around the world
TO celebrate the 30th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's classic film E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and its release on Blu-ray, Sydney's Madame Tussauds has unveiled a wax figure of the iconic hero.
While Sydney was the first to unveil E.T., he will also be appearing in Berlin, Amsterdam, London and Hollywood as part of the global launch.
Helping E.T. into his new home was a troupe of local riders from the Sydney BMX Club. Lachlan Steward led the group by taking the part of Elliott, bringing the classic scene to life.
Guests who visit the exhibit will also have a chance to take Elliot's place in the scene that saw E.T. and Elliott soaring on a BMX against the stunning backdrop of a full moon.
The figure was first sculpted in clay and then moulded in wax, with a team of expert colourists then using oil paints to recreate E.T.'s unique complexion. The entire process took about two months and cost over $75,000 to produce.
E.T. fans will also be able to relive many other classic scenes with the first ever release of the film on Blu-ray, featuring never-before-seen footage from the film set including an interview with director Stephen Spielberg.
Madame Tussauds Global Marketing Director Nicky Marsh said they were delighted to welcome E.T. as an attraction.
"We're absolutely certain that our guests are going to love the unique opportunity to 'star' in one of the most famous films ever made," she said.
In 1982, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial became the biggest blockbuster of the year, debuting at number one around the world. It remains one of the most successful and well-loved films for the past three decades.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial will be out for the first time on Blu-ray on October 31 as a combo pack with Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy.