Originally a stage actor, Kilmer became popular in the mid-1980s after a string of appearances in comedy films, starting with Top Secret!
(1984), then the cult classic Real Genius (1985), as well as the blockbuster action film Top Gun (1986) and the swords and sorcery fantasy film Willow (1988).
(1984), then the cult classic Real Genius (1985), as well as blockbuster action films, including a role in Top Gun and a lead role in Willow.
His older brother, Mark, said, 'I am convinced that Val will have trouble with relationships until he seeks help.' But he sought the wrong kind of help; he reportedly told a film company secretary that she had 'awakened a flame inside of [him] like no other woman.' When he found out that Whalley had filed for divorce, Kilmer was away from home, working on a film - he caught the news on CNN in his hotel room.
It was only a matter of weeks since the birth of their second child, Jack.
The job was a television advertisement for hamburgers. He told the director he couldn't pretend to like the hamburgers he was advertising. 'If I'm demanding,' he has said, 'which I don't think I am, overly, it's for the good of the picture.' Note Kilmer's use of the word 'overly'. At one point he says, apropos of nothing in particular, 'Find Scarlett.'What? She's one actress Kilmer hasn't been 'linked' to, although he has been linked to all sorts of other women, often at the height of their celebrity - his ex-wife Joanne Whalley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daryl Hannah, Drew Barrymore, Elisabeth Shue, Cindy Crawford, and, of course, Cher, who saw him in a play when he was 24, fancied him, and anointed him as one of her toyboys.
In any case, he hates talking about the rumours of his brattish behaviour. 'I never cultivated any fame through who I knew,' he tells me.
Kilmer returns to the subject periodically during our conversation.