March 18, 2023 | 06:59
Sam Neill has assured fans he is “fine” after growing concern over his health since revealing he was being treated for cancer.
“Jurassic Park” star Sam Neill has assured fans he is “fine” following growing concerns over his health since revealing he was being treated for cancer.
Neill revealed his battle with stage 3 blood cancer in his upcoming memoir “Did I Ever Tell You This?”
The 75-year-old said he was soon diagnosed with angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma, undergoing chemotherapy until he switched to a new drug he expects to take every month for the rest of his life.
“I’m alive and well and I’ve been in remission for 8 months, which feels really good,” he said in a video shared on the platform on Friday. “And I’m alive and kicking and I’m going to work.”
Neill, who has been in remission for 8 months, said he is diving back into screen work within days alongside Annette Bening in the limited series “Apples Never Fall”.
“I’m very happy to be back at work,” Neill told his 542,000 followers. “Let’s not worry too much about ‘all that’ because I’m fine. Okay,” he ended his video, referring to concerns over his previous diagnosis.
Concerns about Neill’s health went into overdrive on Friday after an extract from his book was revealed.
“The thing is, I’m a villain. Possibly dying,” he writes in the first chapter, out Tuesday. “I might have to speed this up.”
He said he never intended to write a memoir, but began doing so during treatment last year when he realized it “actually gave me a reason to live.”
“I found myself with … nothing to do,” Neill explained to the Guardian in an interview published on Friday.
“And I’m used to working. I love to work. I love going to work. I love being with people every day and enjoying human company and friendship and all these things. And suddenly I was deprived of it. And I thought, ‘What am I going to do?'”
Neill added that he is now cancer-free, although he is dependent on the monthly chemotherapy drug.
The actor achieved international fame in 1993 with his role as Dr. Alan Grant in “Jurassic Park”.
He played the same character in 2001’s “Jurassic Park III” and the 2022 film “Jurassic World Dominion.”