Paul Hogan on. . .
Phone calls from Kerry Packer : ‘‘The only call I used to get was after the ratings came in (for The Paul Hogan Show). He’d say ‘good on you son, when you doing another one’. I never, ever got Kerry ringing up suggesting what I should do. Kerry did ask if I could give him some funny lines for a function. I said ‘Kerry, you’re not me – you’re not funny’. I gave him a couple – his best ones. I liked Kerry. I did take the mickey out of him once or twice but I didn’t ‘do’ him. I couldn’t do him.’’ John Cornell, aka Strop: ‘‘The most miscast character actor of all time. There weren’t any similarities between Strop and John Cornell. He’ll definitely get along to one of my shows. He’ll be sitting down the front. He’s not doing anything in the show and doesn’t want to know – he likes to not know in advance what the show is going to be like. He likes to sit down there and switch off. It’s a great friendship. It hasn’t changed. We had dinner the other night with the kids. It’s the kind of friendship where he’d take a bullet for you – and I’d take one for him. John Cornell had more confidence and faith in me than I had in myself and pushed and cattle prodded and steered me.’’ Taking his youngest son, Chance, for Sydney Harbour Bridge climb: ‘‘It’s not on the list of things to do – all chained together and staying between the handrails. That’s not my idea of climbing the Harbour Bridge.’’