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Born: December 31, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: Cast ...
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"As a performer, Val Kilmer is like a Hawaiian luau--both hammy and fruity, and in small servings, fun."---From Dave Kehr's review of "The Saint" in The Daily News April 4, 1997

"Kim [Basinger] was a delight to work with. But Kilmer--oh, my God, the guy is nuts! We paid him a million dollars and he was nothing but trouble. During the contract negotiations he was nice as pie. He was looking forward to the movie, couldn't wait to work with director Russell Mulcahy--all the usual platitudes. But when he turned up on the set and Russell said something innocuous like 'Val, if we could just run through this scene,' Kilmer rounded on him and snarled, 'Don't you ever talk to me like that again.' There was absolutely no logic to it all--it was 'Looney Tunes' stuff. It was the first day of filming and we all looked at each other and knew we had a big problem on our hands. From that moment, it was a case of struggling through." ---On the making of "The Real McCoy", an unnamed executive quoted in DAILY NEWS June 23, 1996

"There are two things I will never do in my life. I will never climb Mount Everest, and I will never work with Val Kilmer again. There isn't enough money in the world . . . I don't like Val Kilmer, I don't like his work ethic, and I don't ever want to be associated with him again . . . Will Rogers never met Val Kilmer."---John Frankenheimer, widely quoted after working with Kilmer on "The Island of Dr. Moreau"

"BUZZ magazine reported that after shooting Kilmer's last scene, director John Frankenheimer shouted, 'Cut! Now get that bastard off my set.'" --From PEOPLE, October 21, 1996

"Val is the most psychologically troubled human being I've ever worked with. The tools I used to work with him--tools of communication, of patience and understanding--were the tools I use on my five-year-old godson. Val is not just high-strung. I think he needs help. I say this to you only because I have said it to him." --Joel Schumacher quoted in PREMIERE, April 1997

It's probably fair to say I have [taken myself too seriously] on some jobs. I'm sure I'm more guilty of being difficult than I'd like to remember. I don't regret my desires; I've regretted the way I would communicate my desires. Maybe I've lost a job because of some rumor. I doubt it. But nobody good that I've worked with has ever said anything negative about me, because we've never had a negative experience. By 'good,' I mean directors who do their homework, people that are passionate, crazy, never sleep, and do like I do and just go after it."-- Val Kilmer, PREMIERE, April 1997

"Schumacher's not a great director by any stretch, but he makes everyone happy, he makes money. But his version of me being unstable - he's very smart, he can't say anything about work because then I can sue him for slander. The idea is that I'm not responsible. About what? Doing homework? Representing the character? Making money? I've made my employers over a billion dollars. I didn't really set out to do that, but I've very proud that I've consistently made money." Kilmer responding to Schumacher's comment that he was a "psychologically disturbed human being." Rolling Stone Magazine October 2003

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