He may not be in the trademark leather vest and hat, but Paul Hogan still has a twinkle in his eye when he says "I'm alive and well, thank you," on the red carpet at the 6th AACTA Awards at the Star Event Centre in Sydney.
The Crocodile Dundee star will receive the Longford Lyell Award for outstanding contribution to the Australian screen. "It's mystifying," he told reporters when the honour was announced this week. "I only play one character. I'm a huge one-hit wonder!"
But Hogan, 77, concedes Mick Dundee has been a well-loved creation 30 years on. "Yeah, it's magic," he tells WHO. "I love it."
Hogan's own life will be the subject of an upcoming Seven Network miniseries, 'Hoges: The Paul Hogan Story.' While Hogan says he does not have any input in the production, "I met the people that are making it and they seem like nice people, so I'll just watch it." He then quips, "and then I'll probably go, 'What? I never did that!'"
A new project may been the horizon. "We've got another thing in the pot," Hogan says, "and we'll see if it comes off. If it does, terrific and if it doesn't, who cares!"
As for the evening ahead, a joking Hogan says, "A lot of people that I haven't seen for years are here. I don't think I owe any of them money, so I look forward to seeing all of them!"