I have loved Sam Neill since I first saw him in My Brilliant Career. And what, you may ask, does this have to do with the Caribbean?
Not much, really, except that he brought the region up twice in a recent interview and I thought other fans may be interest in what he had to say. Here are the two excerpts and the link to the interview.
I try to find a novel or two set where I am, so Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea, for instance, when in Jamaica. I’ve just had a holiday in Malaysia, so I picked up Somerset Maugham. I have to say it was creaking a bit, unfortunately. I wish I’d been in Leningrad when I read David Benioff’s City of Thieves.
Since you’re offering, a month on a boat big enough for all my friends in the Caribbean, with unlimited Dom Perignon and Two Paddocks wine,* entertainment by perhaps BB King, Lily Allen, Rufus Wainwright and Jools Holland, food by Peter Gordon, with maybe a stop or two for the cricket or a carnival. If I can’t do that, I would just like to go home, please. I’m not there enough.
*Two Paddocks is Neill’s winery in his native New Zealand.
You can find the interview at http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/my-life-in-travel-sam-neill-actor-1750974.html
Image: Molloy the Cat Burglar, a character voiced by Sam Neill in the Simpsons.