Emmy-nominated Sam still game for a giggle at 70
HE’S just turned 70, and is winning critical acclaim all over the world, but don’t expect Sam Neill to start acting his age.
A few days out from from the Emmy Awards, where he’s nominated in the outstanding narrator category for his work on documentary series Wild New Zealand, the Kiwi actor showed he was still capable of poking fun at himself, posting a clip in which he jigged and danced on a beach as he thanked fans for their birthday wishes.
Neill is just back from the Venice Film Festival where Australian western Sweet Country, in which he stars alongside Aussie screen veteran Bryan Brown, took out the special jury prize. ‘‘It was an august and grand occasion... Then these two old mongrels showed up,’’ he wrote in a post above a picture of he and Brown grinning mischievously. This is the Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Jurassic Park actor’s second Emmy nomination after earning an outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or a movie nod for his role in the 1998 miniseries Merlin. The Emmy Awards begin at midday tomorrow.