Sam Neill says he's not 'remotely afraid' of dying after being told his cancer drugs will eventually stop working

Jurassic Park star Sir Sam Neill says he is not "remotely afraid" of dying after revealing on Australian TV that the drugs he's taking to manage his blood cancer will eventually stop working. 

The New Zealand actor was first diagnosed with a rare form of non-Hodgkin blood cancer in March 2022 but has been in remission for 12 months, requiring infusions every two weeks indefinitely. 

However, the 76-year-old told Australian Story on ABC he was not "remotely afraid" of dying from the stage 3 cancer. 

"I know I've got it, but I'm not really interested in it," he said. "It's out of my control. If you can't control it, don't get into it." 

Neill also revealed that the experimental drug he is taking will eventually fail to work, according to his doctors.  

"I'm not in any way frightened of dying... but I would be annoyed, because there are things I still want to do," he added. 

Australian Story reported that Neill had been diagnosed with cancer after spotting two lumps on his neck. Suspecting COVID-19 after a flight back from filming Jurassic World: Dominion, he took a blood test. 

He then confided in his best mate, Australian actor Bryan Brown, about the diagnosis. 

"A day or two later he rang me, and he said, 'I've got cancer'. And that was the start of it," Brown told Australian Story. 

"He wasn't hysterical or anything like that. He dealt with it pretty well, just straight on, 'This is what I've got to deal with now. Let's get on with it'." 

Neill said in March this year that he wrote his memoir Did I Ever Tell You This? because he couldn't work while he was being treated for cancer.  

He said at the time he never thought he would have a career as an actor and enjoyed looking back at his life.