Paul Hogan, 81, could board ‘a plane home from LA’ anytime as NSW government prepares to lift 14-day hotel quarantine requirement
Vaccinated travelers who test negative for Covid-19 before flying to New South Wales will be spared 14 days of hotel quarantine starting next month.
And it’s welcome news for Paul Hogan, who is ready to take “a plane home” from Los Angeles to Sydney anytime, New Idea reports.
“He’s yearning for a big return,” a source said of the Crocodile Dundee star.
Homecoming: Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan, 81, is ready to board anytime from LA to Sydney, New Idea reports. Pictured January 25, 2020 in Beverly Hills
The 81-year-old actor has previously expressed a strong desire to return to his homeland.
Hogan moved to the United States permanently in 2005, after growing up in Granville in Sydney’s western suburbs.
He wants to return to Australia to escape Los Angeles, but has said it is impossible for him to survive two weeks in a hotel quarantine.
“I can’t wait for this stupid disease to pass so I can get out of it,” Hogan revealed to the News Corp podcast Evenin’ Viewers last October.
“I’m like a kangaroo in a Russian zoo – I don’t belong here.”
Hoges’ homecoming: “He craves a big return,” a source told the magazine
Crisis: Hogan lives in the once elite beachside suburb of Venice, where a sudden rise in homelessness has sparked a terrifying crime wave
NSW Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet announced last Friday that he is making it easier for Australians abroad to return home.
Sydney’s is the first Australian international airport to reopen as NSW has the highest vaccination coverage of any state.
During an interview with Sunrise earlier this year, a bleak-looking Hogan spoke about his miserable life in crime-ridden LA during the coronavirus pandemic.
He revealed that he was “desperate” to return to Australia and leave his life in America.
“I’m extremely homesick,” he said during a video chat from his home in LA’s Venice Beach neighborhood.
Escape plan: NSW Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet (pictured) announced last Friday that he was making it easier for Australians abroad to return home
‘Desperate’: During an interview with Sunrise earlier this year, a bleak-looking Hogan spoke about his miserable life in crime-ridden LA during the coronavirus pandemic
According to Los Angeles Police Department figures provided to the Venice Neighborhood Council, the number of violent robberies in the neighborhood is up 177 percent from last year.
The same period also saw a 162 percent increase in fatal weapon assault cases involving a homeless person.
When asked how he was coping with the recent crime wave in Los Angeles, Hogan simply said he’s “not going anywhere.”
Concerns: Residents around Venice’s famous promenade are demanding action from authorities who say it has turned into a large, ‘dangerous’ homeless camp and has been hit by a spate of violent incidents
Stay put: When asked how he coped with the recent crime wave in Los Angeles, Hogan simply said he’s “not going anywhere”
‘[I’m] I’m bored in lockdown, and as soon as I can get on a plane without being locked up in a hotel for two weeks, I’ll be back,” he said.
He joked with Sunrise hosts David Koch and Natalie Barr that he “wouldn’t survive the hotel quarantine.”
‘My son [Chance, 22] should be with me… we’d strangle each other,” he said.
Tough cookie: He joked with Sunrise hosts David Koch and Natalie Barr that he “wouldn’t survive the hotel quarantine.” Depicted in the 1986 movie Crocodile Dundee