Stephen Curry got to look his wax figure in the eye Thursday before it went on display in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.
The Golden State Warriors point guard is the latest celebrity to become a wax figure in the Madame Tussauds wax museum. The figure was unveiled at an event with Curry, his family and Warriors officials at the Oakland Marriott City Center this afternoon.
“That is crazy,” Curry said as the figure was unveiled, noticing the accurate scars on his arm. “It’s pretty incredible.” He looked to his daughter Riley and asked if she was confused seeing two of her father in the room.
The figure, which captures Curry crouched and dribbling a basketball, will go on display at Madame Tussauds San Francisco at 145 Jefferson St. It cost an estimated $350,000 to make and a team of artists four months to create.
Madame Tussauds general manager Chris Connors said the museum picks the subjects for their figures two years in advance. The museum crew wanted to add a local sports hero to their collection and it was not a hard decision to select Curry.
While Curry was already setting NBA records two years ago, their decision still seems prescient as since then he won his first NBA championship and this year the Warriors look poised to break the league record for most wins in a season.
Crafting the sculpture was a grueling process, requiring Curry to pose for three or four hours, which got him “a lot of quad work” as he posed as if he were dribbling, Curry said.
But Curry was satisfied with the outcome:
“It was worth it for sure.”
Being chosen for a Madame Tussauds sculpture was particularly meaningful for him as he and his wife, Ayesha Curry, went to the Madame Tussauds museum on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles on one of their first dates. He said he was honored to be chosen for the wax figure treatment alongside celebrities such as Jamie Foxx, Beyonce and President Barack Obama.
Asked if he would go see himself in the San Francisco museum, he said he would, but his “schedule’s a little tight right now.” His teammates will likely try to make sure he doesn’t get a big head about being turned into a wax figure, he said. But Curry said he wished he’d seen the figure a little earlier — he could have used it as a stand-in for team photos taken Thursday morning.
As Curry admired the detail on the figure, he noted that each individual hair had to be put on one at a time. He reflected that he wish he’d gotten a tighter haircut before he posed, but said it looked accurate to how he does late in a season when he has time for little but basketball.