Paul Hogan knows a thing or two about poking fun at public figures. Making a living from that line of work from 1973 to 1984 via The Paul Hogan Show on Australian network television. Talking to the press on the 30th anniversary of Crocodile Dundee, a movie that made him famous in the US, Hogan was quizzed as to Donald Trump's inability to take a joke from Saturday Night Live.
Seeing parallels between reality and fiction with the character Sir Les Patterson portrayed by satirist Barry Humphries, Hogan argues the president elect should take it on the chin.
"It's pathetic, isn't it," said the 77-year old. "Alec Baldwin is lovely in it. He just nails him to perfection... They've outdone us, I'd rather have Sir Les." From his cultural standpoint, it is vital not to take these things literally. "The Australian sense of humour has always been 'never take yourself too seriously," argued Hogan.
Baldwin Will Back Down, On One Condition
Fronting up once again on the skit show to portray Trump, Alec Baldwin this time took to the billionaires love affair and addiction with Twitter. Therefore engaging with teenagers online and reposting fake news at the drop of a hat. Of course the man himself could not help himself but lambast the program again for being "unfunny," leaving Baldwin no choice but to remark about the situation.
The Departed star argued that he will vacate the program and drop the parody, should Trump release his tax returns. The incoming president failed to do so during his campaign against Hillary Clinton. And, if he can provide this information, the actor will be pressured to keep to his word.
TV Stars Dundee Moment No Laughing Matter
There are plenty of great, memorable moments from Hogan's classic Aussie tale, yet there is one that is more frightening in reality. English actor Matt Smith explained to the press that he had his very own Dundee moment while shooting for Netflix's The Crown. While shooting in Cape Town, as a man brandished a gun and knife in front of him.
Hanging around a local drinking hole, the night turned blue very quickly. “We went to South Africa and a guy pulled a gun on me,” started Smith. “This guy came up to us and said, ‘What are you looking at?’ We were drunk. We said, ‘Nothing, mate. No worries.’ He was like, ‘I'll f***ing shoot you, bru!’ He had a gun!"
Fortunately though, he lived to tell the tale.
“Really stupidly, we just went to the bar across the street. I don't know why we didn’t just leave altogether. He came up to the window, and went (tap, tap, tap), no word of a lie, he had a Crocodile Dundee knife in his hand. A bouncer came up and was like, ‘Get out of here!’”