Sam Neill assures us he is ‘alive and alive’ after opening up about his health |
Sam Neill has reassured fans he is “alive and alive” and cancer free after his recent diagnosis of stage 3 lymphoma sparked a social media panic.
In an Instagram post, the Jurassic Park star clarified that his cancer “has been in remission for eight months, which feels really good.” Despite The Guardian reporting this important detail on Friday, headlines surrounding Neill’s battle with cancer nonetheless sparked widespread concern for the 75-year-old actor.
“My news seems to be all over the news right now and it’s kind of like ‘Cancer! Cancer! Cancer!’ Which is a little tiring because as you can see I’m… alive and kicking,” Neill wrote on Instagram on Saturday.
“Let’s not worry too much about ‘all of that’ because I’m fine.
Neill also shared a video expressing the same sentiment.
On Friday, the two-time Emmy nominee revealed in an interview with The Guardian that he was diagnosed with stage 3 angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma — a blood cancer — shortly after developing swollen glands while filming in the 2022 film Jurassic World Dominion” advertises. Neill is able to manage the disease thanks to a chemotherapy drug he will take every month for the rest of his life, according to the Guardian.
“Those dark moments shed light on sharp relief, you know, and made me immensely grateful for every day and all my friends,” he told the Guardian. “Just glad to be alive.”
“I’m not afraid of dying,” he added, “but it would upset me. Because I’d really like to have another decade or two… I have my lovely little grandchildren. I want to see them grow up.”
A day after the Guardian story broke, Neill lamented that the resulting news cycle became so focused on his health scares when “the main thing” he wanted to announce was his upcoming memoir: “Did I ever tell you that? Though he claims it’s not a “cancer book,” the Peaky Blinders actor wrote the memoir while he was undergoing treatment and “suddenly couldn’t go to work.”
“I was very nervous, obviously as a first author,” Neill said on Instagram on Saturday.
“The tone of the book is surprising. I never thought I would have a career as an actor, let alone an actor on screen. But something like that happened, and I’m filled with gratitude as I look back on that life, and that’s what the book is about. I hope you enjoy it.”
Neill’s “Did I Ever Tell You That?” should appear on Thursday. The actor also bagged the upcoming limited series Apples Never Fall, starring him and Annette Bening, which will start filming in a week.
“I’m really excited to be back at work,” said Neill.