Actor Julian Sands Foreshadowed His Own Death Climbing Mountains In His Last Interview
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 03: Julian Sands attends "The Painted Bird" photocall during the 76th Venice Film Festival on September 03, 2019 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
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Actor Julian Sands eerily foreshadowed his own death, while hiking in the treacherous mountains near Los Angeles, during the last interview he gave prior to his disappearance in mid-January.

The 65-year-old actor, an experienced climber, went missing on January 13 after telling friends and family that he would be climbing at Mt. Baldy in Southern California. He was confirmed dead last week after human remains discovered in the area a few days earlier were positively identified.

In his last interview, published in the latest issue of the U.K.’s Radio Times, Sands described climbing as sort of a life-affirming challenge. Calling it “solace and a sort of existentialist self-negation, but equally a self-affirmation,” he went on to say, “If you can deal with dangerous mountains, you can certainly deal with life as an actor — the two are quite complementary.”

Sands went on to say that, over the years, some of his friends had given up on the pastime — some blaming climate change for the terrain changing over time and becoming more treacherous, and others simply saying that the complications that came with age made it impossible for them to keep up.

“Pals I used to climb with have stopped going to the mountains, partly because they find, with climate change, the rock faces have become much more unstable, partly, it’s age,” Sands explained. “If you don’t really have the desire, the focus for climbing a route, if you’re not absolutely committed, it becomes much more dangerous and it’s a much more deflating experience.”

The “Room With a View” actor concluded with the acknowledgment that every time he went out, he was embarking on an adventure that could potentially claim his life.


“I’ve found spooky things on mountains, when you know you’re in a place where many people have lost their lives, whether it be on the Eiger or in the Andes. You may be confronted with human remains and that can be chilling,” he said. “It’s not necessarily supernatural, it’s possibly all too natural — what I would call hypernatural. You’re in the presence of big nature and big nature is revealing itself in all its power. It can take us over a threshold of hypersensitivity into a realm of natural forces.”

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