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Val Kilmer says he 'feels a lot better than I sound' after cancer treatment

Ben Arnold
·Contributor
Val Kilmer (Credit: Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
Val Kilmer (Credit: Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

Val Kilmer has said that he has had to adapt to the new sound of his voice, which has been altered by treatment for throat cancer.

The Top Gun icon is recovering from a two-year battle with cancer, which necessitated a procedure on his trachea.

Appearing on Good Morning America yesterday, he said: “I'm doing great, I feel a lot better than I sound.

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“It's just like any other language or dialect. You have to figure out a way to communicate that's no different than any other acting challenge but it's just a very unique set of circumstances.”

Kilmer kept his struggle with cancer private for much of his treatment, though he would appear in public wearing a scarf.

Val Kilmer and Al Pacino attend the Simply Shakespeare's Live Read of The Merchant Of Venice in 2019 in Los Angeles (Credit: Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
Val Kilmer and Al Pacino attend the Simply Shakespeare's Live Read of The Merchant Of Venice in 2019 in Los Angeles (Credit: Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)

After much speculation in the press, the Batman Forever actor, who is a lifelong Christian Scientist, said that he had been through 'a healing of cancer' in 2017.

A profile in The Hollywood Reporter later the same year revealed the extent of his treatment.

He is returning to the screen, however, with three movies in post-production.

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Kilmer is currently doing the online promotional rounds for crime thriller Paydirt, co-starring Luke Goss and also his 28-yer-old daughter Mercedes in her screen debut.

He also reprised his role as Tom 'Iceman' Kazanski in the forthcoming Top Gun: Maverick, the long-awaited sequel to Top Gun, the movie that gave Kilmer his big break in Hollywood.

Starring alongside Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connolly and Jon Hamm, it's due out in July, 2021.

You can check the trailer below...