Tragic details about Val Kilmer
“The Island of Dr. Moreau” director John Frankenheimer wasn’t the only person who openly hated working with Val Kilmer. Not by far. In fact, Kilmer has managed to earn a reputation as one of the worst actors to work with in the entire American film industry. In 1996, Entertainment Weekly even published an article with the title “Val Kilmer is making enemies in Hollywood”, which included the following sentence: “many in Hollywood are loath to work with him, regardless of the box office gain”. .
Remember that in 1996, Kilmer had already lit up the screens of one of the most beautiful crime thrillers of the modern era, “Heat”, which starred Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, he had embodied one of the most most famous of all time, Batman, in the movie “Batman Forever”, he had recreated a perfect Jim Morrison, he had played Doc Holiday in “Tombstone” and, of course, he had been Iceman in “Top Gun”. Kilmer was still earning several million dollars, but his reputation for difficulty on set surely cost him many opportunities. The sad reality is that often the problems were caused because Kilmer was really trying to do his best for a project, and by fully committing to his craft, he wasn’t a decent enough person off-screen.
Per IndieWire, in the documentary “Val”, he acknowledged his own troubled past, saying: “I behaved badly. I behaved bravely, oddly for some”, adding: “I see myself as a sensitive human being and smart but with the soul of a clown.”