“Jurassic Park” actor Sam Neill’s biggest battle is underway, according to a soon-to-be-released memoir that begins by telling readers that its author “maybe have to speed this up” because he’s dying.
The 75-year-old star said The Guardian – who got an early copy of “Did I Ever Tell You This?” – That he started writing vignettes of his life to keep himself busy during treatment for stage three blood cancer last year.
“I never intended to write a book,” he said. “But as I went on and on writing, I realized that he was actually giving me a reason to live and I would go to bed thinking, ‘I’ll write about it tomorrow… that will entertain me.’
Neill said he is now “cancer free” thanks to a chemotherapy drug that he will take monthly for as long as he lives.
An actor who has played more than 150 roles in films including “The Hunt for Red October,” “The Piano” and “The Horse Whisperer,” Neill said he missed working while in treatment and “I can’t pretend the last year He hasn’t had his dark moments.”
But the native of Northern Ireland once in the running to play James Bond — said his recovery made him “immensely grateful” for all the positive things in his life.
According to your IMDbNeill has five upcoming projects, including the Stan Australia Original Movie “The portable door” co-starring Christoph Waltz and Miranda Otto.
“Did I ever tell you this?” goes on sale Tuesday and includes endorsements from Neill’s “A Cry in the Dark” co-star Meryl Streep, as well as Laura Dern, with whom he worked on the “Jurassic Park” franchise.
A 13-hour audiobook is also included. In the worksaccording to Neill’s Twitter account.