Actor Sam Neill of “Jurassic Park” fame has disclosed that he was diagnosed with cancer last year, but he says he no longer has it.
“I’m not off the hook as such, but there’s no cancer in my body,” he said, according to the Guardian, which reported that he had undergone treatment for angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma. Neill needs to take a chemotherapy drug monthly for the remainder of his life and said he feels “s***house” for a couple days following each treatment.
The actor, who played the character of Dr. Alan Grant in several “Jurassic” series films, wrote a memoir after being diagnosed — the BBC News quoted him noting that he “didn’t have a ghost writer.”
“I found myself with nothing to do,” he said, according to the Guardian. “And I’m used to working. I love working. 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 that. And I thought, what am I going to do?” he noted. “I never had any intention to write a book. But as I went on and kept writing, I realised it was actually sort of giving me a reason to live and I would go to bed thinking, I’ll write about that tomorrow … that will entertain me. And so it was a lifesaver really, because I couldn’t have gone through that with nothing to do, you know.”
Neill noted that he would like to live another 10 or 20 years to see his trees and his grandchildren grow
“I’m not afraid to die,” he said, according to the Guardian, “but it would annoy me. Because I’d really like another decade or two, you know? We’ve built all these lovely terraces, we’ve got these olive trees and cypresses, and I want to be around to see it all mature. And I’ve got my lovely little grandchildren. I want to see them get big,” he said. “But as for the dying? I couldn’t care less.”
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