Taking calls is never fun when you’re an actor, especially when you’re so attached to the role. This is what Sam Neill struggled with after receiving the ax from “Peaky Blinders.” As Steven Knight explained to Express.co.uk, while Neill was a great man to work with, he felt the character was on the right track. During their phone call, as Knight further explains, Neill told him, “I don’t want to die,” and so the creator tries to give him some time by promising that he will think about it. think about that. Needless to say, Knight eventually called Neill back after a while verifying that the character was indeed going to have to go.
His absence from the show didn’t stop fans from thinking he might return, but that ship has already set sail. As for Neill, he has nothing but good things to say about the “Peaky Blinders” cast and crew, as he previously shared with RadioTimes.com:
“I absolutely love ‘Peaky Blinders.’ I think Steve [Knight]Text’s is great. I’m Cillian’s biggest fan [Murphy, who plays Tommy Shelby] and Helen [McCrory] and Paul [Anderson, Arthur Shelby] – I’m always glad to see them back and I miss them so much. “
His complexity inspector Campbell may have had a brief stint on the show, but the impact of Neill’s performance still lingers years later. So while it’s hard for him to say goodbye, he hopes to know that he did a great job.
https://www.slashfilm.com/957462/saying-goodbye-to-peaky-blinders-wasnt-easy-for-sam-neill/ Saying goodbye to Peaky blinders wasn’t easy for Sam Neill