Emmy-nom­i­nated Sam still game for a gig­gle at 70

Sunday News - - NEWS - LORNA THORNBER

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.

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