Paul Hogan heading to the Border for stage show

Paul Hogan meets some of his young fans who attended the Strange Bedfellows world premiere in Albury in 2004.

Paul Hogan meets some of his young fans who attended the Strange Bedfellows world premiere in Albury in 2004.

CROCODILE Dundee star Paul Hogan will use Albury as the launching pad for a regional tour a decade after filming Strange Bedfellows at Yackandandah.

An Evening with Hoges is billed as “the hilarious truth and nothing but the truth”.

The 74-year-old Los Angeles-based comic will combine stand-up comedy, stories and unseen film clips in the two-hour performance at the Albury Entertainment Centre on July 20.

After Albury, the show will roll into 24 other regional centres including Wagga, Narrabri, Newcastle, Mount Isa, Darwin and Ballarat.

Hogan’s Australian tour comes after he and his manager John Cornell settled an eight-year dispute with the Australian Taxation Office in 2012.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge rigger-turned-TV comic and actor emerged as Australia’s most famous movie star when he played larrikin crocodile hunter Mick Dundee in the international 1986 Australian smash hit Crocodile Dundee.

Already famous in Australia as the face of Winfield cigarettes — his “Anyhow, have a Winfield” became a national catch-cry — Hogan made 1980s US TV commercials promoting Australia as a tourist destination.

In 2003, Hogan and actor Michael Caton spent several weeks at Yackandandah shooting Strange Bedfellows, written and directed by Kergunyah-raised filmmaker Dean Murphy, the tale of two heterosexual men who passed themselves off as gay to receive welfare benefits.

Hundreds of cinemagoers including the stars and scores of Border film extras packed the Regent Cinemas in Albury to see its world premiere in April 2004.

Shane Jacobson, who starred with Hogan in the 2009 Dean Murphy movie Charlie & Boots, is to appear in a new warts and all TV documentary with his friend in Hanging with Hoges, produced by Murphy and due to air on ABC1 at 7.30pm on July 1.

Phone (02) 6043 5610 to book for the Albury show or (02) 6926 9688 for the July 22 Wagga performance.

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