Friends, I love Val Kilmer. A lot.
No, I don’t think you understand. A lot, a lot.
I loved Val Kilmer when he was a foxy up and comer in such classics as Top Secret! and my forever fav, Real Genius.
I loved him when he tried his hand at more dramatic fare with Tombstone, The Doors, and Heat.
So obviously I loved him in his camp portrayal of Iceman, perhaps the only character who knew how goofy-yet-amazing Top Gun was going to be.
And perhaps I loved him most of all when he was an egotistical, out-of-control leading man whose star was rapidly fading, like in The Island of Dr. Moreau, and Red Planet, where he notoriously feuded (and physically fought) with co-star Tom Sizemore over an elliptical machine.
The point is, I love Val Kilmer, and I’m glad he’s making a comeback of sorts, now that Top Gun: Maverick is coming out next year, which of course he’ll be in. How dare you think otherwise.
It looks like his days of trying to punch Tom Sizemore are over…for now.
How do I know he’s back? By the People.com article on it, of course. You know it’s true if People declares it so, and friends, guess what? They’re all about it:
Val Kilmer is enjoying his time in the spotlight after taking time off to focus on his health.
Fresh off of several appearances in the last two months, Kilmer, 59, once again stepped out over the weekend for the NOVUS Summit SDG Moonshots at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Dressed in a grey suit with his customary scarf wrapped loosely around his neck, Kilmer seemed in good spirits as he attended the event.
Well, I guess this answers the age-old question: if a celebrity makes a public appearance and People.com doesn’t cover it, did it really happen?
The answer is no, obviously. But that’s not going to be a problem for Val, because his acceptance of an award for his work with the TwainMania Foundation was covered, so we know it happened!
Now, I’m not going to let that “TwainMania” thing go unnoticed because apparently there’s an organization for everything. This one, in particular, is about getting the youths of today into Twain’s works, which OK! Val Kilmer is its founder, which double OK!
I’m glad Val is back. I’m glad his health seems to have recovered. I’m glad he’s in the news again, and perhaps most of all, I’m glad he’s making movies once more. He is one of many reasons why I will be at Top Gun: Maverick opening day, a movie that I am looking forward to just as much as Hobbs and Shaw.
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