Tragic Details About Val Kilmer

“The Island Of Dr. Moreau” director John Frankenheimer was not the only person who openly hated working with Val Kilmer. Not by a long shot. In fact, Kilmer managed to develop a reputation as one of the worst actors with whom to work in the entire American film industry. In 1996, Entertainment Weekly even published an article with the headline “Val Kilmer Makes Enemies In Hollywood,” which included the line: “many in Hollywood are loath to work with him, no matter how big the box office payback.”

Remember that in 1996, Kilmer had already lit up screens in one of the finest crime thrillers of the modern era, “Heat,” which featured Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, he had played one of the most famous characters of all time, Batman, in the film “Batman Forever,” he had re-created a pitch-perfect Jim Morrison, he had played Doc Holiday in “Tombstone,” and, of course, he had been Iceman in “Top Gun.” Kilmer was still earning multiple millions of dollars, but his reputation for difficulty on set surely cost him plentiful opportunities. The sad fact is that often the issues were caused because Kilmer really was trying to do his best possible work for a project, and in fully committing to his craft, he was not a decent enough person off-screen. 

Per IndieWire, in the documentary “Val,” he acknowledged his own troubled past, saying: “I have behaved poorly. I have behaved bravely, bizarrely to some,” adding: “I see myself as a sensitive, intelligent human being but with the soul of a clown.”

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