Sunday, September 21, 2014

Val Kilmer

Val Kilmer is a Hollywood actor who starred in a number of big movies throughout the 1980s and 1990s until his career hit the skids as he allegedly feuded with movie producers and started gorging on fatty foods.


Kilmer was born in Los Angeles, California on December 31, 1959.  Kilmer had a passion for acting in his youth and was accepted into the Juilliard School's Drama Division at the age of 17, the youngest person at the time to be accepted into that Division. In 1981, while at Julliard, Kilmer co-authored and starred in a play entitled "How It All Began," which was performed at the Public Theater at the New York Shakespeare Festival.


Kilmer's missed his first shot at stardom in in the early 1980s when he turned down a role in Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 cult classic, The Outsiders.  In 1983 he appeared Off Broadway in The Slab Boys with Kevin Bacon and Sean Penn. Later in 1983 Kilmer had his first off-stage acting role other than television commercials when he appeared in this After School Special entitled One Too Many, an educational drama on drinking and driving which also starred a young Michelle Pfeiffer:


Kilmer's big break came in 1984 when he appeared in the slapstick hit comedy movie, Top Secret!, where he played an American rock and roll star. Kilmer sang all the songs in the film and released an album under the film character's name, "Nick Rivers."







Kilmer followed up with another starring role in the moderately successful 1985 comedy, Real Genius, where he played a genius college student working on a chemical laser. In 1986 Kilmer's star rocketed even higher when he appeared as "Iceman" in the smash hit, Top Gun, where he played a Navy fighter pilot.






Kilmer must have thought that he was on top of the world during the mid-1980s as he was appearing in hit movies and was making a name for himself.  Kilmer also became somewhat of a Hollywood sex symbol, dating famous celebrities such as Cher and Ellen Barkin.

Kilmer closed out the 1980s appearing in the somewhat-disappointing Willow, the flop Kill Me Again, and the TV movie, Billy the Kid.  Kilmer starred as Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's 1991 biopic, The DoorsThe Doors received mixed reviews, although Kilmer's acting was praised.  However, Kilmer exhibited diva-like behavior on the set of The Doors when a memo linked to Kilmer circulated among cast and crew members listing rules of how the actor was to be treated for the duration of principal photography. The rules allegedly indicated that people being forbidden to approach him on the set without good reason, he was not to be addressed by his own name while he was in character, and no one was allowed to "stare" at him on the set.  Director Oliver Stone was reportedly livid when he found out about the memo.







Kilmer followed up with a supporting role in the cult classic True Romance, and with his well-received portrayal of Doc Holliday in Tombstone in 1993.  Kilmer also co-starred in the 1995 hit crime thriller, Heat, where he played a bank robber.  Kilmer also starred as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the 1995 hit, Batman Forever.  Kilmer reportedly feuded with director Joel Schumacher during the filming of Batman Forever.“Schumacher claimed that Kilmer was irrational and ballistic with the first assistant director, the cameraman, and the costume people.  Schumacher also stated that Kilmer "was rude and inappropriate. He was childish and impossible. I was forced to tell him that this would not be tolerated for one more second. Then we had two weeks where he did not speak to me but it was bliss!"



Kilmer subsequently starred in the 1996 big budget movie, The Island of Dr. Moreau, which was an utter flop. Veteran director John Frankenheimer reportedly got into a heated argument with Kilmer on-set, which earned Kilerma a reputation for being difficult to work with.  Regarding the incident, Frankenheimer stated, "I don't like Val Kilmer, I don't like his work ethic, and I don't want to be associated with him ever again". Director Frankenheimer also stated, "There are two things I will never ever do in my whole life. The first is that I will never climb Mt. Everest. The second is that I will never work with Val Kilmer ever again." After Kilmer completed his final scene during filming, Frankenheimer reportedly said to the crew "Now get that bastard off my set."






Kilmer also starred in the 1996 historical adventure film, The Ghost and the Darkness, where he played a hunter hired to kill man-eating lions in Africa.  The film was somewhat of a failure and film critic Roger Ebert said at the time that the film was awful.  Kilmer was nominated for a Razzie Award for "Worst Supporting Actor" for his role.  Kilmer closed out the 1990s with starring roles in 1997 hit, The Saint, and the 1999 flop, At First Sight.

The new millennium, however, was unkind to Kilmer as he starred in the 2000 Mars box office disaster, Red PlanetRed Planet was all but a career-killer for Kilmer as the film had a budget of $80 million, get only received about $33 million in revenue at the box office.


Kilmer has continued working since 2000 but his big roles have all but evaporated.  Many of the movies in which he has appeared in recent years have been straight-to-video flicks, such as Played or 10th and Wolf.  Kilmer has managed, however, to obtain roles in some reasonably successful movies, the most notable of which was the 2006 flick, Deja Vu, where he played an FBI agent. Kilmer has also appeared in movies such as MacGruber, The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans, and voiced K.I.T.T. in the reboot of Knight Rider in 2008-09.

Kilmer's box office struggles have coincided with massive weight gain as he has completely let himself go. I saw Deja Vu in a theather when it was first released in 2006 and was shocked when I saw Kilmer as he had morphed from the thin or fit man I remembered into a barely recognizable fat slice of hog meat!  Kilmer literally looked as though he must have gained 50-75 lbs of pure body fat between 2000, when he was in Red Planet, and 2006, when he was in Deja Vu.


Kilmer has gained so much weight that it actually seems as though he has been pigeon-holed into appearing solely in fat-guy roles.  He played a big fat prisoner in 2008's Felon, so I suppose that his borderline obesity has helped him in some regards although he is clearly just a shadow of the sex symbol he once was.





Val Kilmer was once a huge star commanding nearly 8-figures for starring movie roles.  However. his career hit the skids either as a result of box office fatigue or his diva-like behavior on movie sets.  Rather than plowing himself into his craft, Kilmer apparently chose instead to gorge on fatty foods, as he morphed into a borderline-obese man.  Although Kilmer has reportedly lost some weight during the past couple years, he is still fat enough to rival Dennis Haskins or Kirstie Alley for the obesity crown of the Washed Up Celebrities blog.  It's a shame as in my opinion, Kilmer really is a talented actor, although things have gotten so bad for him that he's practically begging to appear in sequels to Top Gun and Heat in an effort to reboot his career.  Therefore, as discussed above, there can be no doubt that Val Kilmer is one washed-up celebrity!

46 comments:

James M. Tate said...

"fat slice of hog meat!" hahaha. the greatest. im glad you are back. i saw that this post was being edited a bit after it was initially posted. glad its online now.

James M. Tate said...

"fat slice of hog meat!" the best thing i've ever read.

RayRay said...

The infamous picture of him on the beach is commonly referred to as the "Kilmer Whale."

Anonymous said...

I actually thought that Kill Me Again was a pretty good movie. Michael Madsen pulled off the part of perfect psycho in this movie. Val Kilmer's portrayal of Doc Holliday was probably the best that I ever saw.

Last I heard, he had aspirations in the New Mexico political scene?

Anonymous said...

Glad to see an update.

Anonymous said...

This is a great update. This website is the best thing to happen to the internet since this other site I go to was created. Hey you washed up celeb website dude, keep doing these posts, they make the world a better place to live.

Anonymous said...

As with Kilmer, Katherine Heigl is said to be a real bitch on the set, to the point where no one no longer wants to work with her.

Expect to see her profiled here within a few short years.

Anonymous said...

Dude's gotten thin.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2770041/Val-Kilmer-appears-lost-beefcake-body-reveals-thinner-frame-Los-Angeles.html

Movie Fan said...

^^^ Thanks for the link. Val Kilmer almost looks worse as a skinny man. He looks like a frail old man in those photos.

jervaise brooke hamster said...

Literally all i recall from "The Doors" was where Kathleen Quinlan showed her bum.

Anonymous said...

Val has had a resurgence on TV by knocking up that junkie Janelle on Teen Mom.

Give him his due.

Anonymous said...

^^^^

The beautiful film of him being hauled in by the cops for DUI is some of his best work. Way better than Doc Holliday

Anonymous said...

He's still probably got a lot more money than any of us................

Anonymous said...

This man Val Kilmer is a washed up hasbeen for real..Top Gun was a long ass time ago yo

Anonymous said...

There was no mention of his failed marriage to British actress Joanne Whalley. He was a lousy husband. He got a another woman pregnant while with her and alllegedly punched her a few times (he denies that). She filed for divorce while he was filming a movie and he learned about it while watching CNN. They fought over child support for a while. But they must be on civil terms now because they recently co-starred as a married couple in the horror film "Twixt."

Anonymous said...

Oh, I forgot to mention, that "fat slice of hog meat" remark was a great line!

Mylo from Bayside said...

I'm sitting here watching "Chicago Fire" and it reminded me of that show with Adam Rich called "code red". You definitely need to do a write up on him. He's the epitome of a washed up celeb - including multiple stints in rehab and faking his own death.

Anonymous said...

Saw him once in Taiwan. I was surprised on how short he was. He was dressed all pink with flying hands and a squeaky voice, I would have never thought it was him if it would not have been for the TV cameramen following him everywhere.

Jim in Tucson,AZ said...

I would like to ask everyone who cannot accept Mr. Kilmers gift to us all to please shut their mouths and let this wonderful man enjoy a quiet happy life. JESUS!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Diamond just got busted for knifing someone. There is a mugshot and everything. Get on this Movie Fan!!!

Anonymous said...

The year is almost over and no new postings since September. Your fans are waiting...

Anonymous said...

Looks like Val Kilmer has some additional health concerns to be worried about.

Didn't know that he was a Christian Scientist?

http://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/val-kilmer-is-refusing-treatment-and-praying-his-tumor-away/ar-AA8YVXR?ocid=mailsignout

Anonymous said...

this blog needs new post badly!

Anonymous said...

Kilmer was a talented actor whose ego ruined his career. He is a lot like Sean Penn.

Anonymous said...

I love Val and drink heavily.

Anonymous said...

There is a recent pic of Val Kilmer at a church outing. He looks old and frail.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3106428/Val-Kilmer-appears-frail-wraps-two-scarves-church-outing-denying-suffering-throat-tumor.html

Carrie Kube said...

This is an interesting site. Any plans of doing Victoria Jackson next?

Barbara Evans said...

For all you Teen Mom 2 fans out there, this guy is the ghost of Christmas future for Jenelle Evans' latest squeeze, Nathan Griffith. He's father to a baby named Kaiser, which is a nazi codename for "Val Kilmer".

Anonymous said...

Dude. It's been a year. Time for a new entry or two.

Anonymous said...

Is this site still active?

Anonymous said...

MovieFan,

Are you going to shut this site down?

Anonymous said...

I guess this site is dead. It used to be fun to come here. Now it's just abandoned.

It was fun while it lasted.

Movie Fan said...

I have been on hiatus but will be back with some new write-ups in the near future.

Anonymous said...

I'm 80% sure Val Kilmer stole my meth when I was in Reno, punk.

Terry Mcgee said...

Please give us at least two entries! Please!

Jewve Been Slacking said...

In the last two years you've done three write-ups. How about some new articles? You said some new stuff was coming a month and a half ago, but it's still stuck at Val Kilmer. Why not accept submissions by others? At least you could write up some short articles like the early days.

Not trying to be nasty. I just miss coming here and reading the new articles and the comments. I'd like to see it back to what it was a few years ago. I'm sure a number of other people would agree.

Anonymous said...

Linda Blair. Paul Reubens. Kirk Cameron. I AM WAITING.

Anonymous said...

I liked val kilmer. He was the best batman in the whole saga. I think its so funny hes put on weight and he used to be such a diva on set. He might make a comeback.

Anonymous said...

I wrote this guy's name in feces in this school I went to. The security alarm went off though so I had to run away.

Anonymous said...

Val Kilmer is seriously ill and has lost his ability to speak. Here is a link:

http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2015/12/val-kilmer-fitted-with-tracheostomy-tube-actor-reportedly-loses/

The Mad Fapper said...

This site needs a new post, I can only wank over Val Kilmer's mug for so long.

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Anonymous said...

I call bullshit on new writeups. Six months ago you claimed to be on hiatus. It must be permanent.

I really used to enjoy this site for the writeups and the comments. Sad to see it wither away.

Anonymous said...

Time for a much needed update. You have no excuses now, since your favourite wannabe celeb is back in the spotlight.

Dustin Diamond back in jail in Wisconsin

http://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/dustin-diamond-back-in-jail-in-wisconsin/ar-BBtvfj0?ocid=mailsignout

L said...

Yep!

L said...

Miss the posts!

T. W. said...

Val has cancer now. Please update this blog, it is fun.