The actor Sam Neill, known for his role in the “Jurassic Park” saga, among other works, announced that he is receiving treatment for a rare blood cancer in advanced stage.
In an interview with the newspaper Guardian on the occasion of the publication, next Tuesday, of his memoirs “Did I Ever Tell You This?” (Did I ever tell you this?), the 75-year-old actor said that he was diagnosed with the disease a year ago while on the promotional tour for the movie “Jurassic World: Dominion”.
“The thing is, I’m finished. possibly dying”, announces in the first chapter the actor -residing in New Zealand- in the book where he reviews his extensive cart, life as a star and his rest on his farm in the oceanic country, among other topics.
Neill initially received chemotherapybut when it started to fail, he embarked on a new anti-cancer drug that he will continue to receive monthly for the rest of his life, even though now claims to be cancer free.
“I found myself with nothing to do (…) And I am used to working. I love working. I love being with people every day and enjoying company and friendship. And suddenly I was deprived of it. And I thought, ‘what am I going to do?’”, Neill declared in the interview with the Australian version of Guardian Posted this Friday.
“I never intended to write a book. But as I went on and on writing, I realized that he was actually giving me a reason to live. and I would go to bed thinking: ‘Tomorrow I will write about it… that will entertain me’”, he pointed out.
The actor, who during the confinement by COVID-19 caused a sensation on social networks with his nice messages of encouragement and songs that he performs with the ukulele, is now preparing for the adaptation of the novel “Apples Never Fall” (Apples never fall) by Liane Moriartyand that it will be filmed in Australia.
“I can’t pretend that the last year hasn’t had its dark moments (…) But those dark moments put the light in strong relief and have made me feel grateful for each day and immensely grateful for all my friends. Just glad to be alive,” he remarked to the doctor.
Born in Northern Ireland and resident of New Zealand, Neill started acting in the 7’s0 in a long career in which he has played more than 150 roles in films such as “The Hunt for Red October” and “The Man Who Whispered Horses”, although his best-known role is possibly that of paleontologist Alan Grant in the franchise. from “Jurassic Park”.
(With information from EFE)