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"I'd happily pop my clogs in the saddle" Stephen Bisset for Daily Mail Australia

'I'd happily pop my clogs in the saddle:' Actor Sam Neill, 70, reveals he has no plans to step away from the camera

By Stephen Bisset For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 18:32 AEDT, 21 January 2018 | Updated: 21:53 AEDT, 21 January 2018

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5293747/Sam-Neil-not-plans-retire.html#ixzz54rKPxIH7

 

He's the veteran Kiwi actor who has starred in some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters.

And Sam Neill, 70, has revealed that he has no plans to step away from the camera anytime soon, admitting that he would be happy to shuffle of this mortal coil while working.

Speaking to News Corp this week to promote his latest film, Sweet Country, Sam admitted that he is still having too much fun to consider retirement.

Sam in Tuxedo

Still at it: Sam Neill, 70, has revealed that he has no plans to step away from the camera anytime soon, admitting that he would be happy to shuffle of this mortal coil while working"

'I'd cheerfully pop my clogs in the saddle, actually,' Sam told the publication.

It seems fitting that Sam would use the saddle analogy considering that Sam has a menagerie of animals at his Two Paddocks vineyard.

The celebrity theme runs through the vineyard as well with Sam owning a cow named after

US actress Helena Bonham Carter.

He also has a pig named after lauded New Zealand director Taika Waititi, a chook named after Australian actress Rose Byrne and a duck named for famed satarist charlie Pickering.

Sam in Black Jacket and Scarf

Stalwart: Speaking to News Corp to promote his latest film, Sweet Country, Sam admitted that he is still having too much fun to consider retirement saying: 'I'd cheerfully pop my clogs in the saddle, actually'

 Sam on horse

Veteran actor: Sam has starred in a number of Hollywood blockbusters and he previously starred in the BBC series Peaky Blinders in 2013"


However, Sam revealed that there are no horses on the property as there is nobody on site that he trusts to care for the animals while he is overseas.

'When I'm away, I don't have anyone who knows  anything about horses, and of all animals that you might want on your property, a horse needs the most expertise,' Sam said. 

Sam recently travelled to  Hawaii and Antarctica to film a six-part documentary about Captain James Cook and shared a photo to his social media that depicted two of his pigs cavorting in the Antarctic snow. 

Sam and Charlie Pickering duck 

Animal magnetism: Away from the camera Sam spends much of his time with a menagerie of animals at his NZ vineyard including a duck named  Charlie Pickering"

 'PIGS IN ANTARCTICA!,' he captioned the photo. 'Yes the GlobeTrotters made it to The Ice today. Many thanks AustraliaAntarctic Division for being so generous, and pig friendly. This has to be a world first ...'

It appeared that it was an elaborate ruse with  the Australia Antarctic Division responding to the photo with: ' Rest assured Mr Neill did NOT take pigs to Antarctica' 

The response continued: 'For reasons best know to himself, Mr Neill takes toy pigs around the world, photographing them in various locations for entertainment. These pigs broke no rules...although they did appear to enjoy their time on the ice!!!'

However, speaking to News Corp, Sam continued the joke, saying: It was a very interesting project and the pigs thought so, too,' he said. 'Indeed, the pigs were on the very spot that Cook popped his clogs.' 

 Sam and Angelica

Telling porkies: Sam recently traveled to Hawaii and Antarctica to film a six-part documentary about Captain James Cook and shared a photo to his social media that apparently depicted two of his pigs cavorting in the Antarctic snow

 Pigs in Antarctica

Were they? It appeared that it was an elaborate ruse with the Australia Antarctic Division responding to the photo with: ' Rest assured Mr Neill did NOT take pigs to Antarctica'.

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