Val Kilmer Gives Update on Throat Cancer Recovery in ‘Val’ Doc Trailer


Telling his story. Val Kilmer gave followers an intimate look into his life and career, together with his battle with throat most cancers in the primary trailer for the upcoming Amazon Prime Video documentary, Val.

“My name is Val Kilmer. I’m an actor,” the 61-year-old star says in the clip, which was released on Tuesday, July 6. “I’ve lived a magical life and I’ve captured quite a bit of it.”

The Doors actor shared glimpses of his life on film units, together with Tombstone and Top Gun, in addition to snippets from his childhood and personal life.

“I was the first guy I knew to own a video camera. I have thousands of hours of video tapes and film reels that I’ve shot through my life and career,” he says, earlier than a younger Kevin Bacon comes on the display screen, saying, “That’s really cool, Val.”

Val Kilmer in his new documentary ‘Val’.

The Kiss Kiss Bang Bang actor touches upon his throat most cancers recovery, explaining in the voiceover, “I was recently diagnosed with throat cancer. I’m still recovering, and it is difficult to talk and to be understood. But I want to tell my story more than ever.”

Kilmer notes that he’s spent “decades finding my voice through characters, through movies” as pictures of his life in the limelight flash throughout the display screen. There are additionally scenes of him getting older and with a voice field round his neck, following his well being points.

“I have behaved poorly. I have behaved bravely. Bizarrely to some,” he says in the teaser. “I see myself as a sensitive, intelligent human being but with a soul of a clown.”

He ultimately tries to talk — post-cancer — and it’s clear it’s not straightforward to get phrases out anymore.

“I’ve tried to see the world as one piece of life,” he says, sitting in a room of his home. The trailer concludes with Kilmer saying, “It’s a story about my life that is also not my life.”

In celebration of the brand new movie, which hits theaters later this month earlier than streaming on Amazon Prime in August, Kilmer tweeted about the experience.

“It feels like yesterday and yet it has been a lifetime. As I write this, my documentary is getting ready to premiere at Festival De Cannes,” he wrote on Tuesday. “And as grateful as I am for being selected with this high honor, I look forward most to sharing my life’s story with all of you.”

The Cinema Twain star added: “As a lifelong filmmaker it thrills me to say the film will be in theaters July 23. And as a person who also enjoys getting cozy, I’m possibly more happy that it will be on @PrimeVideo Aug 6. Here’s to giving every day the opportunity to be the most beautiful of your life.”

Val Kilmer poses throughout a portrait session on January 9, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Ahead of constructing the documentary, Kilmer lengthy denied he was affected by throat most cancers, shutting down Michael Douglas’ claims that he was in poor health in 2016.

“I love Michael Douglas but he is misinformed,” the Batman Forever actor wrote through Facebook in November 2016. “The last time I spoke to him was almost two years ago, when I asked him for a referral for a specialist to get a diagnosis for a lump in my throat, which prevented me from continuing a tour of my play CITIZEN TWAIN. I ended up using a team at UCLA and have no cancer whatsoever.”

The following year, Kilmer confirmed his analysis, saying throughout a Reddit AMA, “I did have a healing of cancer.”

After information broke in June 2018 that he was reprising his position as Iceman in the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick, his costar Tom Cruise commented on Kilmer’s ongoing well being points.

“He’s doing really well,” the Risky Business star, 59, advised Extra in July 2018, noting it’s “special” to be working together with his longtime good friend once more.

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