The award for the biggest fake-out of the year goes to Chris Hemsworth and Danny McBride. After weeks of speculation about the Crocodile Dundee remake that the two were supposedly starring in alongside other Aussie actors, the big reveal of the first “extended” trailer during the Super Bowl revealed that it was all one big hoax. The movie isn’t happening. It never was going to happen. The fake trailers for Dundee are actually just one big ad campaign for tourism in Australia, and honestly that is so rude. Dreams are being crushed!
We’re not going to get a full, big-budget movie about Aussie dreamboat Hemsworth showing McBride all around the beautiful Outback. That means no shirtless Thor drinking from a babbling brook or standing underneath a flowing waterfall, or tracking a majestic kangaroo in the wild, or using a machete to cut down some firewood, or cuddling a koala. We do get a few Oscar-worthy scenes of Thor talking to his fish friend Barry and rocking the hell out of safari khaki linen, though, so I guess that’s better than nothing?
The elaborate ad campaign comes from a big collaboration between McBride, Tourism Australia, ad firm Droga 5 — and even Paul Hogan, the original Crocodile Dundee. An earlier teaser trailer had cameos from Australian actors like Margot Robbie, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Russell Crowe, and Ruby Rose, and according to an interview with McBride for The Hollywood Reporter, they all did it for free. The love that Aussies have for their home country is a beauty to behold. And over the next two years, expect to see over 150 new ads with McBride as he continues to bring awareness to Australian tourism.
That’s all well and good, but who do we talk to so we can get this movie made for real? You honestly can’t deny that a buddy road trip movie with an Australian action hero and Crocodile Dundee’s son that starts in the dangerous and untamed Outback, somehow ends in some ultra-fancy restaurant, and also includes wine tasting along the way would kill it at the box office. McBride’s disappointment at the twist ending of the trailer is all of us.
If this never gets made into an actual film, this will officially be the cruelest ad campaign ever.