HERO: Logie winner Samuel Johnson doesn't wear a cape but Damian Bathersby has elevated him to hero status.
HERO: Logie winner Samuel Johnson doesn't wear a cape but Damian Bathersby has elevated him to hero status. TRACEY NEARMY

My new hero doesn't wear a cape

I'M not known as a bloke who is quick to heap praise on others.

"Miserable bugger" is a term with which I have become familiar over the years.

But today I have a new hero.

Until Jeff Horn knocks Manny Pacquaio out of the ring in Brisbane in July, my hero is Samuel Johnson.

If you just said "Jeff who?" or "Manny what?" you are dead to me - just sayin'.

Please say you know who Samuel Johnson is.

That actor bloke. The one who won the Gold Logie the other night.

And a silver one too.

All for playing Molly Meldrum in a mini-series I didn't watch but now wish I had.

I've been a fan of Samuel's for a while because of the time he rode a unicycle around around to raise money for cancer research after his sister was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.

A top thing for any bloke to do and it raised a few million bucks.

His sister Connie is a sick young lady and, let's be honest, might not be around this time next year.

So what did Samuel Johnson do as soon as he had those Logies in his hot little hands?

He announced he wouldn't be returning to acting until his fundrasing had hit the $10 million mark.

I think that's about $6 million from where it is now.

He also began thinking of a way to use the Logies to raise money for cancer research.

So, like any goodf Aussie bloke, he took them to his local pub to show them off.

And he put them on the bar, along with the gold hat Molly Meldrum presented to him on stage at the Logies.

And that is why Samuel Johnson is my hero.

Because rather than thinking "how good am I?" and putting his Logies in a glass case at home, he stuck them on the bar so drinkers at the Brunswick Hotel in xxx can make a donation and have their photo taken with them.

"But what if someone steals them?" I hear you ask.

Well it won't matter because as well as being a top bloke, Samuel Johnson is one smart little cookie.

You see, he's insured the Logies so if they are stolen, it will probably put more money into the tin than 10,000 selfie-taking drinkers could do in 50 years.

So go ahead, steal the bloke's Logie.

He'll be girnning all the way to the bank.

But just be warned. When Jeff Horn knocks Manny Pacquaio out in the fourth round, he'll have plenty of energy left to come around to your place and get Samuel's Logies back.

My heros like to stick together, you know?



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