If you’re a fan of reboots, Australia, or just Chris Hemsworth being his Chris Hemsworthiest best, the Super Bowl gave you a beautiful gift today. And these tweets about Chris Hemsworth's Super Bowl ad are very, very appreciative. Thank you, Australia, for blessing us with this golden god.
Amid the car commercials and real movie trailers, one of the glorious standouts was an ad for Australia that more or less has me searching for plane tickets right now. Hemsworth (along with Danny McBride — I haven't forgotten you, Danny!) starred in a sadly fake Crocodile Dundee reboot trailer for the Super Bowl that is, actually, an ad promoting Australian tourism. The ad is a hilarious riff on one of Australia's most famous cultural exports (after Fosters beer and Hemsworth himself) — the 1986 film Crocodile Dundee.
The (fake!) trailer "stars" McBride as Bryan Dundee, the son of the aforementioned Crocodile, and Hemsworth as the buff, tanned Australian guide — who shows him the glories of the land down under, including gorgeous beaches, delicious wine, and great restaurants. Also, coincidentally, a number of shots of stunning-looking clear blue water, glowing sunsets, and Australian wildlife. OK, guys, I'm sold.
So, it's not exactly adventures in the Outback, but I don't think anyone was complaining too much.
Everyone was a little too busy enjoying Hemsworth. And Australia, of course.
Of course, the ad may have backfired a little bit.
While there were a lot of people who were basically heading right over to Google Flights, there were just as many who were apparently checking out Ticketmaster and getting really disappointed. According to Twitter, some people were pretty upset that it wasn't going to be a real movie.
The ad is actually part of a larger campaign that saw a number of fake trailers for the "movie."
Another "Official Cast Intro" trailer, released in the week before the Super Bowl, showed a way more developed concept (OK, the concept is still just "Danny McBride is Crocodile Dundee's weird son," but it works well enough for me) and far more stars — including Hemsworth's fellow Australians, Hugh Jackman, Margot Robbie, Isla Fisher, and, yes, Russell Crowe as some kind of unidentified shadowy villain. Seriously, why isn't this going to be a real movie? I would watch the f*ck out of this.
According to Australian news source SBS news, the ad worked a little too well, in part because the ad agency reportedly refused to confirm if the trailers were real or not until the final Super Bowl ad aired. So now there's a petition to actually bring back the movie with a real-life reboot. As of right now, the petition — which is using the hashtag #bringbackdundee — only has slightly under 900 signatures, but after the success of Hemsworth on the screens of America, I wouldn't be surprised to see that go up pretty fast.
The original 1986 film which starred Paul Hogan as the titular Crocodile was a huge success, so a reboot isn't as far-fetched as it might sound. The original film made over $386 million dollars worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo, and was even nominated for an Oscar for its screenplay. While its sequels didn't do so hot, hey, nostalgia is a thing these days. As far as my vote goes, let's give it a shot. Particularly if Chris Hemsworth is involved.
In the meantime, the ad did make Australia look awfully enticing. Until a movie studio decides to snatch up the concept and give us an actual movie, at least we have the option to go adventuring. See you all on the Outback.