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Greek wax museum celebrates reopening with new Tom Hanks sculpture

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With museums across the country reopening on June 15, a wax museum in the northern Greek city of Kavala has decided to celebrate with the unveiling of a wax sculpture of Hollywood star and honorary Greek Tom Hanks.

The Wax Museum Theodoros Kokkinidis will welcome their 31st wax model to friends and visitors, who from today took his place in the main living room of the museum.

“This confinement at home worked rather creatively for me, during this time I designed and created the wax model of a philhellene and award-winning actor, who came even closer to Greece after his marriage to Greek-born actress Rita Wilson,” Kokkinidis told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA-MPA).

“So this year, Tom Hanks will not only be in Antiparos for his summer vacation, but also in Kavala! “

Kokkinidis said that he chose to depict Hanks in a “mature phase” of his life rather than as the young comedian who won over Greeks 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.”

Because art is inspired not only by faces, but by historical events, Kokkinidis is preparing for a special exhibition in his museum to mark the 200th anniversary of the Greek revolution. 

“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,” he says to ANA-MPA.

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