It’s almost impossible to put your finger on the last time you saw Val Kilmer in a new screen project.
His health has been the subject of rumors for years, which wasn’t helped over the weekend when Michael Douglas – who starred with Kilmer in 1996’s The Ghost and the Darkness – told the world Kilmer was suffering from cancer, something Douglas himself had faced in previous years.
Kilmer, the star of past film favorites like Batman Forever and The Saint, took to Facebook late Tuesday to deny the report.
“I love Michael Douglas, but he is misinformed. 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.
“I still have a swollen tongue, and am rehabbing steadily.”
And while the 56-year-old hasn’t appeared on-screen since 2014, it doesn’t mean he hasn’t been working. In fact, he says he’s made three films in the past year, including one he directed. Although Kilmer didn’t share that last film by name, Internet Movie Database lists a drama he wrote and directed called Mark Twain and Mary Baker Eddy with a listed plot of the famed author “writes a screed” against Eddy, the founder of the Christian Science church.
Kilmer is known for being a Christian Scientist, a religion that’s sometimes criticized for its resistance to modern medical practices and instead relying on prayer for healing.
“Some fans have mistakenly thought my silence about my personal issues meant that somehow I wasn’t being responsible to my health, because of my reliance on prayer and love. Nothing could be further from the truth. Although I am very grateful for all the support from around the world when people found out I had a physical challenge.
“I hope this puts to rest any further concerns about my health by publications that have no respect for the truth. Whatever led Michael Douglas to speculate about my health, he’s a loving and devoted friend to a privileged group of (talented) people around the world, and I’m sure he meant no harm.”
Kilmer has finished shooting The Super, a thriller starring Patrick John Fleuger and Louisa Krause. He’s also filmed the crime drama The Snowman with Rebecca Ferguson and Michael Fassbender, that is due for release next October.
Kilmer also will appear in Terrence Malick’s Weightless, which debuts next March with Fassbender, Haley Bennett, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman and Boyd Holbrook.
“Being healthy and having the respect of my peers and love from my family, friends, peers and fans is a daily source of inspiration, for which I am so grateful, you have no idea. I work very hard at my craft, and being appreciated since I was a little boy for being able to give this gift has literally made my life.
“Thank you all. And I’ve only just begun, now that I’m finally telling stories that I’ve written and produced the way my vision intends them.”
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