When you ask an artist — who’s also the subject of a particular piece — for feedback, you’ll get it. Val Kilmer gave his to a superfan who posted a caricature of him Friday on Twitter.
Kilmer, who will be reprising his role as hotshot fighter pilot Iceman opposite Tom Cruise in the Top Gun sequel, now in production, looked at the exaggerated version of himself — with a wide face, chubby cheeks, shoulder-length hair, and a smoke in hand — and replied, “But I don’t smoke and I am no longer fat…”
But I don't smoke and I am no longer fat… https://t.co/y280Rfj4uS
— Val Kilmer (@valkilmer) August 3, 2018
Yes, the f-word. For more than a decade, the 58-year-old actor’s weight has been a constant subject of gossip. It seemed to have started circa 2007 when the heartthrob, who once romanced Cindy Crawford, gained some weight and could no longer squeeze into those tiny Jim Morrison leather pants. The tabloids outrageously dubbed the Batman Forever actor “Fatman.” (Seriously, a headline actually said, “Val Kilmer goes from Batman to fatman,” and it was one of many.)
Fast-forward to 2012, when Kilmer’s weight loss made headlines. By 2014, he was said to be too skinny. Of course, soon after that, he embarked on an at-first-secret battle with throat cancer — perhaps why he was also quick to point out that he no longer smokes — and his appearance was widely remarked upon through that too. (He only confirmed that he had cancer last December.)
Kilmer’s weight comment generated responses from fans that were filled with nothing but love. They’re clearly looking forward to seeing their fave in Top Gun: Maverick.
Ice man is back )
— Tom Dotson (@TomDotson17) August 3, 2018
Or they’re trying to date him. There were quite a few of those too:
All I know is that you have the sexiest lips I’ve ever seen on a human being. Sorry to be so forward. Lol.
— MugsyMel 🤪 (@MugsyMel) August 3, 2018
Ha! Love this response. Val Kilmer was my second crush (after Christian Slater) But at 10 I’m pretty sure I didn’t have a chance
— Melanie Ann (@SummerOlives16) August 3, 2018
Top Gun: Maverick is being called Kilmer’s “comeback,” because it’s his first big project since his cancer battle. (Even though he’s continued to act as well as work on his art, which he sells, throughout his illness.) What we know about the film at this point is that it will hit theaters on July 12, 2019, with Tom Cruise’s Maverick and Kilmer’s Iceman together again. (And perhaps clashing again?) They’ll have a new set of co-stars (Miles Teller plays Goose’s son), and Joseph Kosinski, who directed Cruise in 2013’s Oblivion, will be at the helm. Kilmer has had trouble with his voice due to a procedure on his trachea; no word on how that will factor in.
Cruise shared a teaser shot from day one back on set for the sequel. His character, who will be an instructor this go-round, was standing on the tarmac looking at a fighter jet. Now we all can’t wait for Kilmer to join him there.
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