30 years later, you still can't pull a knife on 'Crocodile Dundee'
Here’s a new theory for you: Crocodile Dundee was the first real superhero movie of the ‘80s.
I know, I know. “What about the Superman and Batman movies?!?” For starters, Batman came after Crocodile Dundee, which was released on Sept. 26, 1986. And the Superman movies? Well, you have a point there. But just like with Mick “Crocodile” Dundee, don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story.
For ‘80s fans, Mick Dundee WAS a superhero. He had a liver made of steel, a sense of humor that was truly off the planet, a friendly demeanor that attracted a crowd of loyal companions and - well, let’s just say he had some knife skills.
If nothing else, he gave us the inspiration for Outback Steakhouse, right?
The only real question remains: Was Mick “Crocodile” Dundee real or a figment of the imagination of actor Paul Hogan?
According to an interview with Hogan in 2001, it was all his idea, based on a trip to New York where he felt like a “fish out of water.” But the BBC would later reveal that the character was based on a real-life “bushman” named Rod Ansell, who survived two months in the Australian outback when his boat capsized. Sadly, Ansell would never make a dime off the movie franchise.
Hogan, meanwhile, would score an Academy Award nomination for best screenplay and won a Golden Globe for best actor for Crocodile Dundee. Still, his story hasn’t had a Hollywood ending. Hogan has been waging war with Australian courts over tax evasion charges for nearly a decade now. And in 2014, his co-star-turned-wife Linda Kozlowski divorced him after 23 years of marriage.
If there’s a silver lining for Hogan it’s that the actor retained all his rights to the movie franchise. Now, THAT’S a knife.
Here are five more things you probably didn’t know about Crocodile Dundee on its 30th anniversary, according to IMDB.com.
1. The quotes marks around "Crocodile" were added to the title for the American release to ensure people didn't think that Dundee was actually a crocodile. Ouch.
2. Steel, rubber and aluminum versions of the famous Bowie knife were used during filming.
3. David Gulpilil, who played the Aboriginal character “Nev,” is an award-winning tribal dancer in Australia. He also played one of the Aborigine roles in the 1983 movie The Right Stuff.
4. Crocodile Dundee was the second highest grossing film of 1986, with $177 million at U.S. box offices and $353 million worldwide. What bested it? Top Gun. Great balls of fire!
5. Hogan was caught off-guard by the film’s international success, telling an interviewer: "I thought I was making a nice little comedy movie for Australia.”