Val Kilmer came to my attention in the movie Willow. His long black locks and killer sword wielding skills were incredibly attractive. Not to mention he was smart, sarcastic and down right funny at times. His role as Madmartigan sent me to the video store to check out his previous films.
Top Secret was a spy spoof movie where he got to sing and dance. It was silly, but a fun watch. Real Genius proved a wonderful platform to show of his geeky, quirky yet lovable side. I loved him in that movie. And he was awesome in Top Gun as the Ice Man. He really hit his stride in the 1990s though.
My favorite movie of his, aside from Willow of course, would probably be Thunderheart. Val Kilmer does have some Cherokee Indian blood running though his veins and something about the movie really moved me. My next favorite is The Doors. However, The Saint and The Ghost in the Darkness were also good.
Though less visible in Hollywood these days, Val Kilmer has kept working. Recently he has taken to playing villainous roles though. He gained a reputation for being difficult to work with. However, Warwick Davis had nothing but good things to say about him. And Kevin Spacey attended Julliard because Val Kilmer did. In fact, Kilmer was the youngest person to be admitted to the prestigious school.
Kilmer can be kooky and crazy, but it is important not to forget just how intelligent and talented he really is. Did you know that he has studied Eastern Philosophic and that he even published a book of poetry? Yep, that is another thing he and Jim Morrison had in common besides looks and singing voice—poetry. Don’t try to find this mythical book though. Only a few copies of My Eden After Burns were ever printed and Kilmer purchased every last one of them. Now no one can ever read the wonderful words he put to paper. Sad, but true.
He used to live on a ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was there he started his family with Joanne Whalley. It was a special place to him since his grandparent were from in the southwest. In 2011, he sold his house and land. Perhaps because he was spending more time in LA than Santa Fe as of late?
Though I don’t know much about him, I always thought he’d be cool to hang around. I feel like there would be a connection there. Interestingly, he appeared in my dream about Mark-Paul Gosselaar alongside his co-star Warwick Davis. The 1990 dream had something to do with Val and an Indian Chief. When Thunderheart came out in 1992, I felt like I’d somehow predicted it or that my dream had been a premonition in some way. Much to my disappointment, he hasn’t made any more appearances in my dreams though. However, he had a small role in the film The Missing, which was about a girl by the last name of Gilkeson, which was my maiden name. Coincidence?