At first everyone thought it was a joke, dismissing the idea as some tomfoolery Danny McBride and his chums tend to take part in. But now a second trailer has arrived and this one also has Chris Hemsworth in it.
Last week, the internet collectively chuckled when a trailer for the so-called Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home dropped unexpectedly online and introduced McBride as “Brian Dundee” the supposed son of the original Crocodile Dundee, which starred 80s Aussie icon Paul “Strewth, that bloke’s got no strides on” Hogan and his then-wife Linda Kozlowski.
Now, a new trailer has appeared on the official website introducing Chris Hemsworth as Wally Jr – presumably the son of Walter Reilly, played by the adorable John Meillon in the original movie.
What’s particularly funny is that most of the movie websites these days are staffed by writers who weren’t even born when the original came out, so they don’t realize the switcheroo-style comedy that’s going on here. Hemsworth’s Wally is buff – compared to the bumbling Ten-Pound-Pom from the first movie – and Dundee Jr in this new flick looks like a bit of a drongo, compared to the hunk he was in the original.
And we already know Hemsworth’s deadpan delivery can work well in comedy. Plus, Paul Hogan is also apparently returning.
The official synopsis says:
“Crocodile Dundee is back. Well, actually, he’s missing in the Outback. And the only person who might be able to find him is the loudmouthed American son no one knew he had. Introducing Danny McBride as Brian Dundee. This son of a legend is forced to channel his Aussie roots as he embarks on the ultimate adventure in the land down under. It’s time to live up to the family name.”
And Hemsworth said in a press release, “Working on this new Crocodile Dundee has been a dream come true. Being a proud Australian, the movie is legendary and I am honored to be a part of this next chapter.”
It’s true, the world went through a short-lived obsession with Australian culture back in the early 80s…it was, if you remember, coinciding with the country’s bicentennial anniversary. ITV’s breakfast show was briefly renamed “G’day Britain”, we drank Fosters, threw shrimps on barbies and yes, we adored Paul Hogan’s first experience of the concrete jungle that is New York. The two sequels were not so hot…and in fact you’d be hard-pushed to actually find anyone who saw them.
It meant that Aussie culture disappeared Down Under once again, which suited the Australians just fine. The brilliant, beautiful under-appreciated movie The Dish (2000) went some way to remind everyone that Australian cinema still exists…and if you haven’t seen it, then you just haven’t lived. Writer/director Rob Sitch is a national treasure. In fact, you should watch The Castle (1997). You know what, just drop whatever you’re doing, stop reading this…and go and find it, right now. Go on.
Well, they sure had us going. Maybe it’s because we were hoping so much for it to be true.
Australia’s Brisbane Times has let the possum out of the bag, citing industry sources who confirm that Dundee doesn’t actually exist and that McBride’s Brian Dundee was simply cooked up for a lavish commercial. Australian movie fans probably caught on quicker, as Chris Hemsworth (introduced in the second teaser trailer) is a Tourism Australia ambassador. They also note that director Steve Rogers is known for his commercial work, having helmed ads for Nike, Old Spice, and Audi.
To be honest, we still think the concept would work really well as a movie. Oh well.
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