Jurassic Park alum Sam Neill shared his cancer diagnosis with his followers today. Amid swirling questions and concerns, the actor is sending assurance and comfort to his fans.
“Let’s not worry too much about ‘all that’ because I’m fine,” he shared amidst the realities of his stage blood cancer diagnosis. He revealed details about the condition in his new memoir titled Did I Ever Tell You This?
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In an interview with The Guardian, the actor says he’s “alive and well.”
Underneath the short video clip that Sam posted to Instagram, he captioned the following:
“Hi I’m Sam Neill, actor of sorts , vintner, and an author as it happens . And my news seems to be all over the news at the moment , and it’s sort of ‘Cancer ! Cancer! Cancer !’ Which is slightly tiresome because as you see , I am alive and well and I have been in remission for eight months , which feels really good. And I’m alive and kicking and I’m going to work. I’m very happy to be going back to work.”
He continued, “We start filming in seven days time . I’m doing a thing called ‘Apples Never Fall’ with Annette Bening , and a really wonderful cast . So here I am , and I just wish the headline wasn’t ‘that thing’ so much, because the main thing is that I have written this book , it’s called ‘Did I Ever Tell You This?’. And it does mention cancer because that’s the sort of context in which I wrote it . But I didn’t really mean to write a book, I needed something to do while I was undergoing treatment , and I am used to going to work and I suddenly couldn’t go to work.”
“So that’s why I wrote the book,” the caption read, “and I have to say there’s been great response to it. People seem to love it , which is great . I was very nervous , obviously as a first time author . Anyway , I think it’s fun. We sub-titled it ‘Movies , Life , Love and Other Catastrophes . So it gives you an idea of all the crazy things that have happened to me. The tone of the book is one of surprise . I never thought that I would have a career as an actor, let alone an actor on screen . But that’s kind of what happened and I am full of gratitude looking back on this life , and that’s what the book is about.”
Neill completes the caption saying that he hopes his fans enjoy the detailed look into his story. That he, and his health, are nothing to worry about.