Former Batman and Tombstone actor Val Kilmer has released a memoir, I’m Your Huckleberry, and he’s sharing some wild stories about his life in Hollywood and beyond.
Kilmer, who was recently declared cancer free after a difficult bout of throat cancer, virtually stopped by Good Morning America to promote the new book. He explained that he was feeling better than he had in a long time since beating throat cancer.
“I feel a lot better than I sound, but I feel wonderful. I was diagnosed with throat cancer which healed very quickly. This is a tracheotomy to help me breathe because the glands in my throat swelled up as well.”
Kilmer shares a lot of interesting stories in his memoir, including some details of his devout Christian Scientist faith. He openly attributes his healing to God and not the medical treatments.
“I went along with the program, mainly to reassure my children I was doing everything ‘humanly’ possible to be healthy. They had been constantly taught by others in their lives to be wary of Christian Science, and although they had each had several extraordinary healings in my opinion, I respected their skepticism and did not wish to increase their fear in any way.”
Kilmer also shared a frightening story about when he was visited by an “amorphous black figure,” claiming that it gave him a new, bigger heart.
“It will ruin the absolute gravity of this moment but in truth this dark angel looked very like Darth Vader, though without the helmet… At first I thought it was the Angel of Death before realizing it was the Angel of Life. I wish I could elucidate the experience more than I have already done, but I can’t. It simply happened. I have nothing else to say about this, except that I am grateful for the new heart. It has served me well. And I’ve only just begun to use it.”
Kilmer also gets into his romantic exploits over the years, name checking Ellen Barkin, Carly Simon, Angelina Jolie, and Cindy Crawford. He cites Daryl Hannah as the biggest romantic regret of his life, declaring “I would love her with my whole heart forever.”
Another major relationship for him was with Cher, who he dated when he was 21 and she was in her mid-30s. While he didn’t initially want to go out with her, he was blown away by her when they actually met.
“I saw Cher as a less-than-fascinating character out of the gossip rags. I was not motivated to meet her, not out of snobbery but simply because I was sure we had nothing in common. Cher was funny, hysterically funny. I ended up driving her home on the back of my Harley through the streets of Manhattan. She loved the Harley. We both loved laughing and went on doing so for well over a year.”
Calling her the “funniest woman he ever met,” they have continued their friendship over the years. She was by his side when he got his cancer diagnosis in 2015 and has helped him through his recovery.
Kilmer will appear in the upcoming sequel Top Gun: Maverick, and while he wasn’t initially intended to be part of the film, he explained “as the Temptations sang in the heyday of Motown soul, ‘ain’t too proud to beg.'”
“The producers went for it. Cruise went for it. Cruise couldn’t have been cooler. … Tom and I took up where we left off. The reunion felt great… As far as the film’s plot goes, I’m sworn to secrecy.”
Will you be ordering a copy of Kilmer’s book?