He’s always looked like a life-size ‘Wallace and Gromit’ character, but now it appears that Ed Miliband has officially made the transition to Plasticine.
For the opposition leader - or a character looking the spitting image of him - has been spotted in the trailer for the forthcoming big screen version of ‘Shaun The Sheep’ from Aardman Animations, the studio behind ‘Wallace and Gromit’.
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Ed pitches up in a restaurant scene in the movie, as a suspiciously sheepish-looking diner appears to have forgotten his table manners.
Whether the idea of making the Ed look-a-like a waiter – well, he is waiting to be the prime minister – was intentional satire is unclear.
But these two are dead ringers.
Miliband has been forced to accept his likeness to characters from the Bristol-based studio, and has made quips about it on several occasions.
During a speech last summer, he said: “I am not from central casting. You can find people who are more square-jawed, more chiselled, look less like Wallace.”
Then in 2012 he described himself as ‘somebody who looks a bit like Wallace from Wallace and Gromit’.
“If spin doctors could design a politician, I suspect he wouldn’t look like me,” he added.
The Tory party has also used the likeness as a stick to beat the Labour leader with.
Last year during his Autumn Statement, George Osbourne said: “The man behind Wallace’s voice has retired. But after next May I am sure the whole House will unite behind a suitable and, by then, available candidate.”
Shaun The Sheep premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last week, is due out in the UK on February 6.
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