This Guy Has Spent £35,000 Building A Robot That Looks Like Scarlett Johansson


If you’re thinking you recognise this face, you’d be right.

Ricky Ma, below right, has spent £35,000 fulfilling a childhood dream to build a robot – and it looks startlingly like Scarlett Johansson.

The 42-year-old has spent a year and a half constructing a mechanical interior covered by a 3D-printed skeleton.


The Mark 1 robot with its creator Ricky Ma (Reuters)

The Hong Kong-based graphic designer calls his creation Mark 1.

“When I was a child, I liked robots. Why? Because I liked watching animation. All children loved it,’ Ma, from China, told Reuters.

Of course, the elephant in the room is how much the robot looks like the Lost in Translation star.


The actual Scarlett Johansson (Credit: AGF s.r.l./REX/Shutterstock)

Regardless, it’s a pretty impressive project.

Ma says that not only was Mark 1 built from scratch, he also had to teach himself.

“When I started building it, I realised it would involve dynamics, electromechanics and programming. I have never studied programming, how was I supposed to code?” he said.


People have pointed out how much the robot looks like the Hollywood star (Reuters)

“Additionally, I needed to build 3D models for all the parts inside the robot.

“Also, I had to make sure the robot’s external skin and its internal parts could fit together. When you look at everything together, it was really difficult.

“I figured I should just do it when the timing is right and realise my dream. If I realise my dream, I will have no regrets in life.”