Val Kilmer is wanting to share his story “more than ever.”The 61-year-old actor, now cancer-free after being diagnosed in 2015, is opening up about his health battle following several rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and a tracheotomy that permanently…
Val Kilmer is wanting to share his story "more than ever."
The 61-year-old actor, now cancer-free after being diagnosed in 2015, is opening up about his health battle following several rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and a tracheotomy that permanently damaged his voice.
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In a candid interview with People, the actor's team spoke about his life and his new documentary, Val, after living with throat cancer. The documentary is co-directed by Leo Scott and Ting Poo. Kilmer produced the film along with his son Jack, 26, and daughter Mercedes, 29.
Scott and Poo told the publication they were inspired to make a movie about the Batman Forever star's life after learning about the actor's extensive personal film archive.
"We approached him three years ago," Scott told People. "I'd worked with him on his 'Cinema Twain' project, and when he couldn't tour the play Citizen Twain, he was touring a film of the play, so I was working with him on that and some other projects, too, archiving his footage."
Kilmer had documented his life with video cameras, and the material — which shows the actor's movie sets, backstage at theatres and home movies — is shown throughout the documentary.
"He doesn't have the vanity that you would expect from someone of his fame and celebrity," Poo said. "There was never any of that kind of artifice or protection that people who are really famous have to put up around themselves. It's humbling to be around that.
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"He's such a layered person, there's the childlike playfulness, but then there's also the deep wisdom of somebody who's been on a spiritual path their whole life at the same time. He's a lot of opposites that make him incredibly interesting, and it's kind of why our film is so interesting."
"He's continued to express himself creatively," Scott noted. "He makes incredible pieces of art. He's always positive and is not someone who has self-pity."
Despite his health battle, Kilmer is continuing his acting career. In 2020, he co-starred with his daughter in the film Paydirt and will appear in the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick.
Val received a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival and features candid moments of the Top Gun star, including how he coped with his physical limitations. His son, Jack, also reads Kilmer's words to narrate much of the film.
"I obviously am sounding much worse than I feel," Kilmer says in the doc.
"I can't speak without plugging this hole [in his throat]. You have to make the choice to breathe or to eat," he adds, and now has his meals through a feeding tube. "It's an obstacle that is very present with whoever sees me."
In Val, Kilmer admits he has "behaved bizarrely to some" but is looking forward to his future.
"I deny none of this and have no regrets because I have lost and found parts of myself that I never knew existed," he says. "I am blessed."
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