Nigel John Dermot “Sam” Neill (born 14 September 1947) is a Northern Irish-born New Zealand actor who first achieved leading roles in films such as Omen III: The Final Conflict and Dead Calm and on television in Reilly, Ace of Spies. He won a broad international audience in 1993 for his roles as Alisdair Stewart in The Piano and Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic Park, a role he reprised in 2001’s Jurassic Park III. Neill also had notable roles in Merlin, The Hunt for Red October, and The Tudors.
1. NO INTELLIGENT MAN WEARS A MOUSTACHE VOLUNTARILY – YOU CAN WRITE THAT DOWN.
2. AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, I TRY TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO USE STUNT MEN BECAUSE THAT IS REALLY THEIR JOB.
3. TRY AND FIT IN IN A NEW ZEALAND PLAYGROUND WITH AN ARMAGH ACCENT – IT DOESN’T WORK.
4. I CAN NEVER REALLY REMEMBER WHAT I LOOK LIKE. I’M JUST SORT OF NEUTRAL. I DON’T THINK I’M SORT OF, YOU KNOW, HIDEOUS.
5. I GET VERY ANTSY AND NERVOUS IF I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE NEXT JOB IS.
6. I HATE TO SAY IT, BUT THERE SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN SOME SORT OF DUMBING DOWN AS FAR AS MOVIES GO.
7. IF YOU WANT TO LEARN ABOUT AMERICA, WATCH ‘THE WIRE.’ IT’S A PROFOUND PIECE OF ENTERTAINMENT.
8. PEOPLE TURN INTO FOOLS WHEN THEY SEE A MOVIE STAR AND DO WEIRD THINGS.
9. WHEN I STARTED IN FILMS, IT NEVER REALLY OCCURRED TO ME THAT I COULD MAKE A CAREER OUT OF ACTING.