Val Kilmer and New Mexico: Just the latest WTF moment for the Iceman

val-kilmerImage Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty ImagesLook at Val Kilmer. He looks bewildered, no? Perhaps that’s because, as we learned yesterday, the actor will be appearing in front of a board of county commissioners to talk about derogatory comments made towards New Mexico during a Rolling Stone interview. Craziness! (Some people take issue to his comment claiming 80 percent of “the people in my county are drunk,” meaning Kilmer lives in the MOST FUN COUNTY EVER.) But this is hardly the first time the actor has had a run-in with the bizarre. After the jump, check out some of the most, er, interesting moments in Kilmer’s professional life. At least he managed to avoid George Clooney’s nipple Batman suit?

  • He once considered running for governor of New Mexico, probably because 80 percent of the county would throw a great party if he won.
  • Kilmer learned he had landed the part of Batman in Batman Forever…while in an actual batcave doing research for another movie.
  • Tombstone‘s first director Kevin Jarre told EW that in the middle of a conversation on the set one day, the actor grabbed a locust from a stand-in and ate it. “He said to me, ‘As you know, I have a reputation for being difficult. But only with stupid people,”’ Jarre said.
  • Kilmer once played Moses in The Ten Commandments: The Musical, which was produced by BCBG founder Max Azria. Wait, what?
  • He voiced K.I.T.T. in the TV pilot reboot of Knight Rider, and maybe (probably not) ate a cheeseburger with David Hasselhoff afterwards.
  • He starred in a film called American Cowslip, which is apparently a flowering plant, and not a sexy outfit for bovine.
  • Speaking of, Kilmer raises bison.

Well, I loved Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, didn’t you?

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  • Cara

    I did love Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. And Real Genius. :-)

    • thin

      Yes to both!

  • Ryan O’Brien

    He didn’t just voice KITT for the TV movie. He did the voice uncredited for every episode of the one season series.

    • Ceballos

      I wouldn’t have wanted to be credited on that turd either.

  • sant

    he has let himself go. jeez…

  • Catherine

    …and Willow and Thunderheart and DejaVu

    • thin

      I’m with you on Willow for sure. For my money, Madmartigan is his best character to date, although Gay Perry is right up there, too.

      • Katja

        AGREED. I love everything about “Willow”, and Val Kilmer was fantastic.

  • darclyte

    Val’s always been a favorite, but the dude needs to put down the Dunkin’ Donuts frozen cappuccino with whole milk and donuts, pick up some water and nuts instead, and hire a personal trainer. Or appear on Celebrity Fit Club.

    • K

      OR the man needs to be able to live his life as he wants without getting advice from the peanut gallery. Some people don’t age attractively, and he’s put on some weight, but why on earth should you care? I say he’s given me some great entertainment in his younger days, so therefore I should respect him for that and wish him well in his post-young-hottie life. May he relish every donut he eats and enjoy his bison. Do what you want, Val – you don’t answer to any of us.

      • nunnya

        Lol K! I love it.

  • ErinB

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang had probably one of my favorite movies lines ever. “You know what you’ll find if you look up idot in the dictionary?” (Sarcastically) “What, a picture of me?” “No, the definition of idiot. Which you f—ing are!”

  • Madd

    Yes, he’s a little…off. But look at his performance in The Doors.
    Speaking of which, maybe it was kind of his destiny to get fat, like Jim Morrison.

  • Twig

    According to the “Psycho Kilmer” article linked to above, it was not James Jacks but Tombstone’s first director, Kevin Jarre, who related the Kilmer-eats-locust story.

  • Stephanie T.

    Someone needs to go to Celebrity Fit Club. Real Genius was his best work. He had the funniest lines.

    “It’s a laser beam you bozo!”
    “This? This is Kent. This is what happens when you become too sexually frustrated.”

    • ErinB

      “Kent puts his name on his license plate.” “My mom does the same thing to my underwear.” “Your mother puts license plates on your underwear? How do you sit?”

    • Lisa Simpson

      “I drank what?”

  • Missy

    He looks quite – er – let’s say “puffy”……

  • Ann

    Best line in “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” – Who taught you math?!?!

    • Ceballos

      “Who taught you grammar? Badly’s an adverb. Get out. Vanish.”

    • Moorhsignuf

      How about, “Badly is adverb, who taught you grammar?”

  • Suzanne

    Is he on steroids? He looks awful. He’s so bloated. Geez.

  • C

    That is a terrible photo – Val is no way looking that bloated in “real life”! And no he won’t be on steroids – he’s a Christian Scientist and doesn’t take medication of any sort. Yes, he’s put weight on since his early films inhis early 20s but geez, he’s 50 years old. What do you expect?He has also changed his weight depending on the role he is playing: that takes its toll. And no matter what his weight, he’s still turning in some fantastic performances.
    As far as appearing in front of the county commissioners goes, whatever happened to freedom of speech? I always understood it to be part of the American constitution. What ANYONE might or might not have said in the past should not influence decisions on planning.

  • Lil

    Doc Holliday was the bomb! Poor Val, he’s scary now.

  • nunnya

    He was pure genius in Tombstone. I enjoyed seeing him in Deja Vu because it was a surprise.

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