Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, this month Paramount Pictures releases Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, the third in the series that made Paul Hogan an international action hero. American Way recently got reacquainted with the man from down under.
AW: It’s been 13 years since the release of Crocodile Dundee II. What’s the famous hunter been up to?
PH: Mick Dundee has been living happily, deep in the Northern Territory, with Sue Charleton [played by Linda Kozlowski, the real-world wife of Paul Hogan]. They have a 9-year-old son. His tourist business is thriving. He no longer hunts crocs, but occasionally has to catch one alive, for tourist safety.
AW: Why bring Dundee back now?
PH: Crocodile Dundee in L.A. is funnier than the previous two. How can it not be — it’s in Los Angeles, the entertainment and weirdo capital of the world.
AW: Where do you spend most of your time?
PH: I move around between my farm in Australia, Northern California, and Basalt, Colorado.
AW: You have been doing the Subaru commercials for some time; do you drive one yourself?
PH: I’m on my third one now. I get a really good deal on them, of course, but you can’t beat a Subaru on slippery roads.
AW: When we think of successors to Crocodile Dundee, the Crocodile Hunter comes to mind. Do you know him?
PH: Only from TV. He’s a bit of a case. I couldn’t see him and Mick Dundee having a quiet beer together.
AW: What do you think of his show?
PH: I’d give him 11 out of 10 for enthusiasm. He drools over poisonous snakes like most guys drool over centerfolds.
AW: Have you ever wrestled a real crocodile?
PH: Yes, a small one. I thought it was dead.