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Charlie Chaplin in wax in 2009

Here's a waxwork figure of Charlie Chaplin, seen at the launch of a new Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in Hollywood, California on July 21, 2009. You know, with all due (huge!) respect to Charlie Chaplin and to Hollywood lore, has Charlie Chaplin *really* been the right choice for promotional purposes, or for loving recreation in wax, after (say) the year 1980? Bless the old boy, a true global superstar in his day, but... c'mon. Why are they still putting Chaplin, or Laurel and Hardy, or even James Dean, on popcorn boxes and multiplex walls in the 21st century? That was a long time ago and anyone under 50 barely knows this guy... except for having seen him on popcorn boxes! A waxwork of, say, Meryl Streep or Tom Cruise would be much more to the point.

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