Just weeks after Seven’s Molly miniseries aired, actor Sam Johnson has announced he will stop acting to focus on the fight against cancer.
Announcing the shift on Facebook, he told the Love Your Sister followers he would stop performing except for the lucrative voice-over work.
“I can’t act anymore. Not if I’m to serve you properly. This village means everything to me and I’m tired of other things dragging me away from you,” the post read.
“I cannot play pretend on telly while our families are falling. Cancer is the last true riddle of our time (not of our doing) and I wanna be part of the push to solve it once and for all — part of the new ‘moonshot’. To be honest, something’s gotta kill us. I don’t really have such a problem with cancer if it attacks someone after they’ve enjoyed a full life – fair price. But when it cuts down mums before they can see their kids grow, when it takes out innocent children…well, then I get majorly f***ing offended.
“I won’t play pretend on television while science is being murdered. Not while federal funding for research remains static for ten years. Not while the CSIRO is being bulldozed. Not while climate science is still being denied. Not until I fulfil my promise to you.”
Johnson, who recently received an Order of Australia award for service to cancer research support organisations and to the performing arts, has previously undertaken a marathon unicycle trek across the country in support of the Love Your Sister campaign.
But he has also been frank in interviews about the trappings of showbiz, indicating a cynicism about the television industry and a lack of regular acting work. Last month a solid round of interviews for Seven may have also contributed to his decision. Yet many admire his unconventional approach to stardom and commitment to charity.
“We’re not going to get there if I’m off gallivanting. So I won’t. Not until we get to that $10M and show those faceless f***ers at the top end of town just how serious we are about research here at ground level,” he posted.
“Not while people still believe that positive thinking and apricot kernels and hugs will cure it. Not while conspiracy theorists are stupidly assuming that our scientists would dare allow big pharma to hide their discoveries.
“I love acting, it’s the best job in the world. But the thing is, being a ‘vollie’ for healthy families kinds wins hands down. No contest. If it weren’t for Molly, I’d have done it sooner.
“So call me Molly if you like. Call me Research Australia’s Advocate of the Year. Call me that annoying voice over guy. Call me a fundraiser, an advocate, an activist. Call me a brother who tries hard. Just don’t call me an actor. Not until we as a nation are as threatened by cancer as we are by terrorism. Not until the $10M is raised.
“Let’s f***en do this. I love you. Here’s to our Village! Here’s to the good fight. Here’s to every single scientist in the country. Here’s to a world that wages war to save lives, not ruin them. And here’s to kicking cancer in the face-hole once and for all.”
“ps — I will still have to do the odd voice-over so I can eat if that’s OK!”