Shows: An evening with Paul Hogan..........................
PAUL Hogan is back home in Australia to perform his one-man show An Evening With Hoges – ‘‘a slide night but with moving pictures’’.
‘‘I don’t just talk about characters and people and situations I’ve been in,’’ the former kid from Lightning Ridge, NSW, says.
‘‘I’ve got film to go with it. It should be a good, colourful, laugh-filled night. That’s the plan.’’
The show opens a three-night stand in Jupiters Theatre tonight and sees Hogan share stories from his showbiz career – from The Paul Hogan Show and memorable characters such as Hoges, Leo Wanker and Arthur Dunger to his feature film debut in Crocodile Dundee.
‘‘It’s fabulous to have that much material – clips of videos and movies that stand the test of time and you snatch 10 or 20 seconds from them, talk about where it came from,’’ Hogan says.
‘‘My life’s been interesting enough to make a book, but I thought it would be more interesting to tell it. Some things get lost in print. And I’m getting old.’’
It’s been 27 years since comedy feature film Crocodile Dundee made Hogan a worldwide star. He has never been able to replicate those heady days and says he couldn’t because it was unique.
‘‘Everything was a first. It was my first film script. I’d written 500 sketches but this was a long sketch.
‘‘John (Cornell) had never produced a movie. Peter Faiman was the boy wonder of television but he’d never directed a movie.’’
‘‘It went through the roof. It became the most successful independent movie ever made around the world. It was like going to the Olympics and rolling your jeans up and saying: ‘Can I have a run in the 100?’ and winning the gold medal.’’
Hogan reflects on his beginnings in his stage show. He’d been the rigger on the Sydney Harbour Bridge who went on New Faces and did a sketch.
‘‘I went on that strictly to take the mickey out of it, as a one-off thing. Other people insisted I do more. I was poor and famous, which sucked, still working on the Harbor Bridge and doing spots on Willesee once a week before it started to get regular,’’ he says.
Hogan, who recently announced the end of his 23-year marriage to Crocodile Dundee co-star Linda Kozlowski, with whom he has a son Chance, 15, says he’d love to return permanently to Australia. ‘‘That’s been my plan for several years,’’ he says. Hogan wants to live in Sydney and buy a house in Byron Bay, where his close friend and manager Cornell has spent so many years.
‘‘All my kids are here, I’ve got 10 grandchildren and they’re already not kids,’’ he says.
‘‘The chances (of returning) are fairly good because Chance has a good time when he’s here. He moves straight in with my daughter, who’s got four sons around his age . . . he’s like part of the family.’’
An Evening With Hoges plays Jupiters Theatre from tonight until Saturday at 7.30pm.
Paul Hogan brings his live show to Jupiters.