There was a point when Val Kilmer was poised to be a huge star. He burst onto the scene with the hilarious Airplane-style spoof Top Secret! And terrorized the dean in the 80s classic Real Genius, before antagonizing/flirting with Tom Cruise’s Maverick in Top Gun. From there he bounced around before starring as Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone’s The Doors and then gave superhero movies a shot as Bruce Wayne in Batman Forever.
(Editor’s Note: Tombstone came out before Batman Forever. Also, no mention of Willow, Mike? Unbelievable.)
Despite all this, Kilmer never broke into that superstar level. Now there’s a documentary coming out about the almost superstar, and it looks pretty interesting. Here’s the synopsis:
“For over 40 years Val Kilmer, one of Hollywood’s most mercurial and/or misunderstood actors has been documenting his own life and craft through film and video. He has amassed thousands of hours of footage, from 16mm home movies made with his brothers, to time spent in iconic roles for blockbuster movies like Top Gun, The Doors, Tombstone, and Batman Forever. This raw, wildly original and unflinching documentary reveals a life lived to extremes and a heart-filled, sometimes hilarious look at what it means to be an artist and a complex man.”
The doc hits Amazon Prime in August and the trailer was released earlier this month.