John Hurt

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It's been a few months since we've heard from Sir John Hurt, who revealed that he was diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer earlier this year, and now the beloved actor says that he's optimistic about his treatment.

In a new interview with Radio Times, the 75-year-old star admitted, "I can't say I worry about mortality, but it's impossible to get to my age and not have a little contemplation of it."

He continued, "We're all just passing time and occupy our chair very briefly. But my treatment is going terrifically well, so I'm optimistic."

Hurt also explained his opinions on present-day society's views on alcohol, saying, "Society is much more homogenized, and we're all supposed to conform. People are censorious but the pendulum will swing back, as it always does. There were difficulties in those days obviously, but life was more fun."

The Harry Potter actor added, "We've become obsessed with the dangers of alcohol— you get newspaper articles that are entirely over the top. There's political correctness as well. I wonder what instigated that. Where does it come from, and who says what is or is not politically correct?"

Back in June, in an interview with BBC Radio 4, Hurt explained that he was going "to focus on my professional commitments" throughout his treatment.

He also shared, "I have always been open about the way in which I conduct my life and in that spirit I would like to make a statement. I am undergoing treatment and am more than optimistic about a satisfactory outcome, as indeed is the medical team."

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