Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Not Reel, but Real-Life Dundee; Meet Mr Bredl, Who May Have Inspired the First Film

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Not Reel, but Real-Life Dundee; Meet Mr Bredl, Who May Have Inspired the First Film

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Byline: Louise Shannon news@dailymercury.com.au

ROB Bredl's crocodile capers are not the stuff of legends - Mr Rob Bredl is the legend.

And if a new Crocodile Dundee film was to be made, Mr Bredl - who runs Bredl's Wild Farm north of Mackay - said, "they can come to our place and film real crocodiles instead of using rubber ones. We have one croc that is five metres."

Would he put his hand up to play the iconic Mick Dundee?

"No, because I've got one hand missing now!" he said, referring to a close call he had with one of his large aquatic reptiles in 2016.

Also known as the 'Barefoot Bushman', Mr Bredl reckons he may have inspired the first Crocodile Dundee film back in 1986 - or was it just a coincidence that in documentaries he made in 1972 and 1978 he also used a "massive big" knife, hunted crocs with indigenous people in the area, and his mate had a black hat?

"We also caught this bloody croc, and my mate was walking up the bank carrying the croc in the same way as when Mick Dundee walked into the pub," Mr Bredl revealed yesterday.

"They may have seen these documentaries and got some ideas because there was so many similarities. It doesn't worry me."

Mr Bredl was right behind the News Corp campaign #BringBackDundee, which is calling for a remake of the iconic film following a teaser trailer starring Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.

The trailer, played at the Super Bowl in America yesterday, is actually a Tourism Australia campaign, but that hasn't stopped frenzied speculation over the possibility of a new film.

"The first film was a comedy, it was good fun. Maybe next time they could tell the truth about crocs though!," Mr Bredl said.

"Like how they don't actually do a death roll."

Mr Bredl explained that a crocodile has one tonne of pressure per square inch in his jaws. …

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