It’s an advert for a film that’s not really a film but an ad to promote Australian tourism. Confused yet?
A mock movie with the unfortunate title of Dundee: The Son Of A Legend Returns Home is being ‘pushed’ via a stream of trailers starring some of Australia’s best-known (well, currently very famous) actors including Margot Robbie, Liam Hemsworth, Russell Crowe. Isla Fischer and Jessica Mauboy.
Danny McBride (of Pineapple Express fame) plays the titular character of ‘Wally Jr’, Mick ‘Crocodile’ Dundee’s long-lost son visiting Australia in search of his father who’s been missing for, well, decades.
In one of the latest trailers for the campaign, Margot Robbie (who possesses the scary name of Lil’ Donk) is seen hurtling an unknown man across a bar and into a table before yelling, “Nobody talks about Mick like that!”, referring of course to Paul Hogan’s iconic character in the original Crocodile Dundee franchise. She is later seen cheering ‘free beer’ and banging a schooner of golden brew on a bar-top.
It’s shamelessly ocker in its presentation, and the actions of the actors are not exactly in keeping with the new, urbane, hipster-like culture now prominent Down Under, but it is one of the more obvious stereotypical scenarios the Americans conceive of Australia, and the ad is, after all, in the name of promoting tourism to our nation, set to air in full during the U.S. Superbowl.
The one thing we noticed? Two of our greatest stars appear to be missing. There’s no sign of Nicole Kidman or Kylie Minogue – yet. Strange since Kidman appeared in Baz Luhrmann’s ocker Aussie tale Australia and Kylie starred as the absinthe-inflected green fairy in Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge all those years ago, both pretty big hit movies in the States… But I’m guessing there’ll be some surprises come Superbowl time, and a couple of our biggest names will make a major appearance.
The original Crocodile Dundee movie grossed $328 million at the box office worldwide, with producers churning out two sequels, 1988’s Crocodile Dundee II and 2001’s Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, neither of which met the expectations of the original. Antonino Tati
View the latest trailer for ‘Dundee: The Son Of A Legend Returns Home’ above.