In an interview with Fitzy and Wippa, Sam Neil revealed that one of his biggest regrets was turning down a role in iconic Australian drag film, Pricilla Queen of the Desert.

“The only regret I do have is that I did turn down Priscilla. It’s probably indiscreet to say, but I’ll say it anyway – Terence Stamp ended up playing the part,” he said.

We love Terence Stamp’s Bernadette Bassinger, but how cool would it have been if New Zealand’s own Sam Neil had snapped up the role?


So why did Neil turn down the role? He told Fitzy and Wippa that it didn’t have anything to do with wearing a dress – he just didn’t find the script all that funny.

“It would’ve been fun to play with my mate Hugo [Weaving] and Guy [Pearce], of course. I made a mistake there, because it wasn’t about being in drag, which I’d be happy to do – I wear a dress all the time anyway,” he laughed.

“[But] I just didn’t ‘get it’. I didn’t think it was funny in the script, but it turned out to be such a wonderful film. That was my one regret.”