Richard's journey to Australia began with a flight on Qantas Airlines, scheduled to leave Los Angeles on Tuesday evening for Melbourne. However, a major mishap occurred on board the flight, prompting Richard to send an email early Wednesday morning:
July 2, 2014
Well, this is something! Three hours out, over the Pacific Ocean, a main water pipe snapped and gushed 70% of ALL water on board, down the galley wall, creating a raging river that ran the length of the BRAND NEW A-380-600 Air Bus, forcing the plane to turn around and return to Los Angeles... Which is where I am now.
Qantas is putting us up in a hotel until our replacement flight takes off later tonight from LAX, arriving Melbourne very early, Aussie time.
One word: OMG !!!
Despite his interrupted travel plans, Richard was able to arrive safely in Melbourne, Australia on Friday, July 4th, slightly more than a day behind schedule. He still had the opportunity to make a few media appearances on the day he arrived, before taking part in Oz Comic-Con at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne over the weekend.
Below are some of Richard's media appearances for Comic-Con.
Courtesy of Channel 10 News: The Project
Picture posted by Matt Doran
Courtesy of the Herald Sun
Picture credit: Norm Oorloff
Courtesy of Channel 9 News
Picture posted by Dougal Beatty
GOLD 104.3 - "Brig & Lehmo for Breakfast"
Richard chatted by phone from Los Angeles with the Australian morning radio talk show about a week before he arrived for Oz Comi-Con. A portion of the interview is available online.
TENplay - "The Project"
On the same day that he arrived in Melbourne, Richard joined the panel of the evening news and entertainment program to talk about his legacy as MacGyver, and about the interrupted Qantas flight that had brought him to Australia.
Channel 9 - Six O'clock News
Channel 9 Evening News caught up with Richard, and numerous costumed guests, during Oz Comic-Con. On Saturday, reporter Dougal Beatty was at the Royal Exhibition Building to share the experience and to ask Richard about his waterlogged flight across the Pacific.
The Herald Sun, a Melbourne newspaper, spoke with Richard during the convention.
RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON AKA EIGHTIES ACTION HERO MacGYVER
Richard Dean Anderson, otherwise known as MacGyver, says he has only fond memories about the 80S show that made him a worldwide star.
Anderson is in Australia for the Oz Comic-Con event and spoke to Confidential in-between signing autographs for hundreds of fans at the event in Melbourne.
"I had so much fun doing the show," he said, of the show which ran from 1985-1992. "I was equally as proud of the success we had, especially with family and kids."
Anderson said the show was in a different era of television and something that is rare these days - a non violent action hero.
"MacGyver was the epitome of the eighties television show," he said. "We pretty much found the need for families to have a TV hero that was solving problems without killing anyone."
MacGyver has had many references on The Simpsons, as Patty and Selma are his biggest fans.
Anderson said the nods to the character he played were an honour.
He is now used to the recognition he gets everywhere he goes.
"I'm still this midwest boy from Minnesota, but I've made peace with the notoriety and the celebrity that comes with the business," he said.
Anderson said he loved coming to such an event, and he is particularly fond of Australians.
"It's a nice slice of humanity you have over here," he said.
"I love Australia. I keep coming back whenever I'm invited, I would love to come here for a proper holiday."
The Oz Comic-Con event was a massive success on the weekend, with thousands queuing around the block to get in through the two days.
A similar Sydney event for Oz Comic-Con is planned for mid-September, with Star Trek legend William Shatner scheduled to appear.