John Hurt Pancreatic Cancer Optimism

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Pancreatic Cancer two words in the English language guaranteed to send chills down the spine, bringing up visions of the late actor Patrick Swayze, and John Hurt has been diagnosed with this deadly disease but says he is full of optimism. The two time Oscar nominee recently completed work on an 18 minute long short, Sailcloth, The Daily Telegraph waxed lyrical about the film and Hurt’s performance in it. as well as his gloomy health forecast.

There are few actors in the world with such a wide and varied career of dissimilar roles in a range of genres. From his first part in television, in the iconic Z Cars back in 1962 to the short film Sailcloth and the upcoming projects listed in IMDb, which number 11, Hurt has worked steadily and left a lasting impression on cinema audiences the world over.

His Oscar nominations came for The Elephant Man (1981) as Best Actor and prior to that the 1979 film Midnight Express as Best Supporting Actor, it is interesting to note that the first “nod” was for his performance in a biopic based part of John Merrick’s life and the second nomination was for a “based on a true story” picture.

Hurt did get the BAFTA for both film roles and got another, on top of his 2012 “Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema,” for his work in The Naked Civil Servant in 1975. Sir John famously had an alien burst from his chest in Ridley Scott’s Alien and played in Guillermo Del Toro’s film Hellboy, based on the comics. Hurt recently played a pivotal role in Snowpiercer , another film based upon a “comic” in this case a French graphic novel.

This small slice of the long body of work from John Hurt shows just how talented and versatile this performer is and makes the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer all the more bitter and upsetting. The 75 year-old actor shows no sign of slowing down, however, he is currently filming The History of Love, which is projected for a 2016 release.

English newspaper The Guardian reports that Hurt is undergoing treatment while in the early stages of the disease and according to the actor he has good reason to be so optimistic.

Sir John says the medical team are very positive about the course of his treatment. In one of those, “can you believe it moments” the actor will be recording a BBC Radio Four play, Keith Waterhouse’s Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell, something that several publications have referred to as an ultimate “irony.”

Despite the horrific news that this august actor has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, his optimism does not feel misplaced and one can only hope that his distinctive voice and impressive skills will continue to be heard and seen for some time to come.

60,000 and Rising

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It was with great joy this morning as I squinted with sleep filled eyes at my stats page and saw I’d finally crossed the 60k mark. With one hand on my ubiquitous coffee mug and the other on my Macbook mousepad, I scrolled down and also saw that my following list had increased.

All was right in the world; God was in his heaven and my blog was continuing to grow.

On a more serious note, I’ve got to say that I am really overjoyed with how things are going with my blog and my writing. On the topic of my blog, I can only say thank you from the deepest part of my repaired heart to all the folks who keep reading and commenting and following my site. You guys really make my day. Nothing is better than waking up in the morning and seeing that my site is continuing to grow while I sip my first of many cups of coffee of the day.

While I still don’t have a huge grasp on what my particular “niche” is, I’m happy with continuing with what I am doing. It seems to be working and I don’t want to rock the boat too much!

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I do need to say that my input will be slowing down. Instead of the 3 to 4 blog posts per day, I will be dropping down to 1 or 2. I will also be using some blog space to promote upcoming Tomorrow Comes Media (TCM) hosting events, which I have just started doing and the first one up will be Michael West’s brilliant anthology Vampires don’t Sparkle on May the 16th.

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I’ll be featuring a guest post from one of the contributors to this brilliant anthology and I’ll have another event on the 19th of May.

I am currently spending a lot of time writing articles for the web magazines Guardian Express and What Culture! Added to that is the review work and interviews for Rogue Cinema¬†and the research I’ve been doing for my book, so my attention is spread pretty thin at the moment.

I am getting requests from new authors to review their newest work and if you know of anyone who exchange a copy of the latest and greatest book for a review let me know!

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So, intense (for me anyway) workload aside, things are going well (knock on wood) and the film Once Bitten, Twice Shy is still on for filming on the 6th of July this year and if you want to know more about this click on the link above and you’ll be redirected to the film’s website.

So before I sign off here today, I will reiterate how pleased and ¬†grateful I am for the time that you lovely folks in the WordPress community spend supporting my blog. While I am not very good at visiting other sites as much as I should, I continue to try to repay the kindness that you’ve shown me.

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I know, I need to update this picture, the chin scruff is gone!

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