When you think of the Australian guy stereotype, you think: cool, perennially underdressed, indomitable spirit… Says the word ‘mate’ a lot, of course. Now, that being said they are stereotypes and we’re lucky people don’t only come down to those, no matter which country we’re talking about.
But there are people who just perfectly and completely fit into the stereotype. And it’s so awesome, especially if it’s a cool stereotype to fit into.
We’re talking about Daniel McConnell.
The 35-year-old from Brisbane proved himself a hero for his country, when he chased down a hit and run driver – in nothing but his underwear. He then proceeded to give the Aussiest interview in history.
You can also see the full interview here.
Appearing to have a cigarette stuffed in his ear, McConnell tells the Today Show that he was woken by his wife at around 2am after a car crashed into his “mate’s mum’s fish and chip shop down the road”.
“Me wife comes in and says, someone ran into the shop, and I said ‘aw, what’? So I jumped out of bed and all I had was me undies on.
I walked out the front and I seen the car smashed and the bloke walking back to the car, and so I walked outside and I said ‘aw, what are you doing mate? You can’t be leaving the scene!’ And he goes ‘Don’t be a hero, mate!’
And he just decided he’d scoot up the road and I said ‘nah, it’s not going on like that mate’, so I jumped in me car and I started chasing him up the road.
But mate, all I had was me jocks on and I was chasing him up the street and I’m just like…mate!”
McConnell managed to signal the police to follow the runaway driver, who was eventually caught and has been charged with one count of unlicensed driving.
When the presenter pointed out that most superheroes wear their jocks on the outside, he replied: “Yeah but I had nothing on but me jocks!”