With Sam Neill’s announcement in March that he had been diagnosed with stage 3 blood cancer, fans have been praying for the Jurassic Park actor. Neill has now disclosed in a fresh post that although the therapies will ultimately run out, he is “not in the slightest” terrified of passing away when the time comes.
Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma is a rare type of non-Hodgkin blood cancer that the 76-year-old actor from New Zealand has been battling. When he was promoting the movie Jurassic World Dominion, he noticed swelling glands and was diagnosed in March 2022. Neill made his illness public for the first time in March.
After chemotherapy failed, Neill started taking a novel, experimental chemotherapy medication. His cancer has gone into remission, but he will need fresh injections every two weeks for the remainder of his life because of the medication.
Neill stated in a recent interview with Australian Story that although the medications have an adverse effect on him, they are “keeping [him] alive” and that the days after treatment are “very grim and depressing.”
Although the medications are buying him some time, the physicians have told him that the therapies will soon run out. But when that moment arrives, Neill claims he’s prepared to leave.
He informed the source that he is “not in the slightest afraid” of dying and that he was ready for that.
Though Neill claims he has no fear of dying, he admits that leaving the acting profession “fills me with horror.” For this reason, despite his cancer diagnosis, he has kept working: most recently, he was involved in an adaptation of the book “Apples Never Fall” until the actors’ strike stopped the project.
Recalling his diagnosis, Neill originally made similar remarks in March of last year.
In an interview, Neill stated, “I’m not afraid to die, but it would annoy me.” I would really like to live for another decade or two, you know? I want to be here to witness the development of everything we’ve built, including these gorgeous terraces and our olive and cypress trees. I also have my adorable young grandchildren. I hope they grow to be quite large. And what about the dying? I don’t really care.”
Neill took time off from acting to write his memoir, “Did I Ever Tell You This?,” emphasizing that it is not a “bloody cancer book.”
As his cancer is beyond his control, he recently stated that he does not want to waste time worrying about it: Neill said to Australian Story, “I know I got it, but I’m not really interested in it.” “I can’t control it. Don’t engage in it if you lack self-control.”
Neill has a lengthy and varied career that began with his breakthrough performance in 1977’s Sleeping Dogs. He is most known to audiences, though, for playing Dr. Alan Grant in the iconic blockbuster Jurassic Park, a role he repeated in two sequels.
His other noteworthy motion pictures include Dead Calm, Possession, The Hunt for Red October, The Piano, and A Cry in the Dark.
As he fights cancer, Sam Neill, one of the greatest performers working today, has our best wishes. We are happy to learn that he is not allowing anything to stop him from moving on with such a good attitude. If you are a fan of Sam Neill, please tell this tale.