Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan has revealed that although he has “been homesick for years” he is unable to make the move back to Australia.
Hogan, 83, moved to the US with his ex-wife in the 90s and has resided there for over two decades. However, the Australian icon has admitted that he misses the “ambience” and “laid-back” nature of the country he once called home which has left him desperate to return.
“I’ve been homesick for years,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
“I miss the people, the ambience – and there’s something you just can’t put your finger on, but there’s something about Australia that is friendlier and more laid-back.”
Hogan then revealed what’s keeping him in the US is his son, Chance, but that he hopes he can return home someday soon.
“I’d rather be there, but I have my last child [Chance] who is an American – he only has me, whereas my tribe at home, they’ve all got each other,” he said.
“Then the years have slipped by, and I’m sort of stuck here.
“I’ve got 10 grandchildren and they are all adults – but for Chance, the only family he’s got is me. All his friends, his band, musician mates, girlfriends, everything – they’re all American.
“So I’m hanging in there a bit longer, but eventually I’ll get back.”
Despite having to remain in the US, he has previously stated that would be “out of here in a flash” if his son was prepared to make the move to Australia.
Although Hogan has been unable to return home permanently, he was recently able to reunite with his granddaughter during a recent heartwarming interview.
In 2021, Hogan was appearing on Sunrise via video link to promote his autobiography The Tap-Dancing Knife Thrower: My Life Without the Boring Bits when co-host David Koch surprised the star with a friendly face.
“We’ve been reading recently that you’ve been stuck in LA and can’t get back here to Australia to say g’ day to your family, so we thought we’d bring your family to you,” Koch can be heard saying.
“It just so happens that your granddaughter Mylee is doing shifts for us today.”
The camera then cut to his granddaughter Mylee Hogan, who said: “Hey Pa! It’s been a while since I’ve seen you.”
A surprised Paul then can be heard saying: “That’s my granddaughter. I miss you a lot too.”
Hogan gained fame in Australia for his popular comedy sketch program The Paul Hogan Show before gaining worldwide superstardom as Mick Dundee in the Crocodile Dundee film series.