Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on July 22, 2008
Sure, the whole world is focusing on Beijing as opening day of the games approaches. But officials in Hong Kong want us to remember that the city is an Olympics destination, too. All those equestrian events that people in Britain get excited about and most everyone else ignores? They’re going to be in Hong Kong, because for reasons having to do with quarantine that I don’t understand, importing horses into mainland China would have been too difficult, if not impossible.
As a longtime booster for Hong Kong, Jackie Chan is now getting into the act promoting his hometown’s Olympics bona fides. Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, the local branch of the famous wax museum, has just unveiled its latest model, a wax version of Hong Kong’s biggest movie star in a garish “Olympic-inspired outfit” that Madame Tussauds says Chan designed himself. (As you can see above, it makes him look vaguely like early-70s Las Vegas Elvis.) “The Hong Kong skyline backdrop on display at Madame Tussauds behind my sport figure further highlights what an amazing Olympic city we have,” Chan says in the company’s press release. He adds that “this costume is one of a series I’ve designed to wear throughout the Olympics as part of my official duties.” No word on what the others look like.
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