Fans to turn the tables on heart-throb Andy Lau

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 06 February, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 06 February, 2005, 12:00am

With his prodigious talent and chiselled features, Andy Lau Tak-wah has made the hearts of more than one generation of Asian women flutter with every appearance on stage or screen.

Now, those women will have a chance to get their own back.

In April, an animatronic version of Lau will materialise at Madame Tussauds on The Peak - and his fans will be able to make his heart beat just by touching him.

Last Sunday, Lau sat through a two-hour measurement session with a team of London-based sculptors. His hair and eye colours were analysed and matched, his proportions taken, and his photo snapped - several hundred times.

Principal sculptor Steve Swales said Lau's likeness would be crafted out of silicone rather than wax.

'Silicon figures feel amazingly human to the touch,' Mr Swales said. 'We are confident the figure will be welcomed by guests to Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.'

Lau's animatronic heartbeat will be modelled on a similar system installed in a replica of Brad Pitt at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam. There, in-built moisture sensors mean guests need only touch the bare chest of Pitt's model to feel the heart-throb's pulse.

'He's very popular,' a spokeswoman for Madame Tussauds Hong Kong said. 'The women love touching his chest.'

It seems Pitt is being used as a test for the wax museum's efforts to make its exhibits more interactive. There is another version of him in London with a strokeable chest and a 'squeezable' rear end.

'We want to give our guests a more interactive experience,' the spokeswoman said. 'So we will finish with Lau first and then explore some other interactive experiences for the future.'

She estimated the model will cost about $1 million. 'The last one we did was Japanese star Ayumi Hamasaki, which we unveiled in December, and that one cost about $900,000.'