In this comedy spoof on World War Two spy movies, Kilmer plays Nick Rivers, an American rock and roll singer who gets involved with the French Resistance and becomes a spy thanks to a troubled but lovely lady he meets. Directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker; the film also stars Omar Sharif and Jeremy Kemp.
There were cruel comedians. Like I learned the guitar cause I played this guy and there were a couple of songs were he played the guitar. And I would just kill myself to learn the songs and make the guys happy and everything. And all along they knew they didn’t want me to play the guitar. They just liked that look on my face. Meanwhile my fingers were bleeding so; they didn’t really want me to play.
Kilmer plays Chris Knight in this comedy directed by Martha Coolidge. Knight is a super-genius at a technology school who takes nothing seriously and drives his professor crazy while developing a laser that the professor intends to sell. When the students learn of the professor’s plan, Knight organizes the mother of all pranks and all the students help him pull it off. Also starring Gabriel Jarett, Michelle Meyrink, and William Atherton. Gabriel:
Val was very focused on Val. We got along fine, but I always got the feeling that he didn’t want to share the screen with a 15-year-old punk. In my opinion, Val is a brilliant actor and should be a much bigger star than he is today.
Kilmer plays The Doors member Jim Morrison in this biographical drama about the singer’s life. Directed by Oliver Stone, the movie follows Morrison through moments that molded his life, music, and ultimate death. Also starring Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLaclan, Frank Whaley, Kevin Dillon and Michael Wincott.
There was nothing that wasn’t attractive about it, really. I was fascinated even about the things that were repulsive. . . . You shouldn’t be afraid.
In this historical western action drama directed by George P. Cosmotos, Kilmer plays infamous outlaw Doc Holiday. The story revolves around the events surrounding the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Holliday was an outlaw, but he was also Wyatt Earp’s best friend and a superior gambler and gunfighter. Also starring Kurt Russell, Bill Paxton, and Sam Elliott.
Doc Holliday was fun, though. It was fun to not carry the burden of being the lead. All those responsibilities, but yet still have cool stuff to do. It’s fun to shoot everybody and have such a cute girlfriend.
In this sci-fi horror thriller based on the H.G. Wells novel and directed by John Frankenheimer, Kilmer plays Montgomery, the increasingly insane and violent assistant of equally insane Dr. Moreau. Moreau and Montgomery are conducting genetic and behavioral experiments on human/animal hybrid creatures that they have created – at least until a man they rescue sees what they are up to. Also starring Marlon Brando, David Thewlis and Fairuza Balk. On the bad press:
Well, it hurts. To take two things: [Marlon] Brando and I have been friends for a long time, so they said we weren’t. I got along great with the crew, so they said I lit some guy on fire. Exactly what wasn’t the case. And they said that I was irresponsible. I would go to the set on days when I wasn’t called to try and make it better.
In this revenge drama directed by D.J. Caruso, Kilmer plays Danny Parker, a trumpet playing speed freak who is actually Tom Van Allen, a man with a beautiful life before his wife was killed as he helplessly watched, by the dealers during a robbery. Also starring Vincent D’Onofrio, Adam Goldberg and Luis Guzman.
I’m proud of it. It was very challenging and risky with all the different styles that it takes on. If you can imagine reading it, it’s just hard to see working because they almost never do.
In this crime drama directed by Ric Roman Waugh, Kilmer plays inmate John Smith. When Wade Porter is sent to prison for defending his family he must learn how to survive in prison and decides that lifer Smith is the one to teach him how. Also starring Stephen Dorff, Sam Shephard, Harold Perrineau, and Marisol Nichols.
I actually turned the studio down because I wanted to be in a nice, light-hearted comedy. But the research was so compelling. It feels like you must imagine it’s like in prison. I think it’s easy to say you don’t want to go to prison.
Kilmer plays Steve Pruit in this crime drama directed by Werner Herzog. Pruit is a typical cynical post-Katrina New Orleans police officer who watches his partner go from a hero to becoming a drug addicted criminal in cop’s clothing. Also starring Nicholas Cage, Xzibit, and Eva Mendez. Cage:
I would say that the best actors of my generation that I would call geniuses are Val Kilmer and Robert Downey, Jr. So to get a chance to work with Val was a good thing, and I hope we’ll have more to do together.
Kilmer plays villain Dieter Von Cunth in this action comedy MacGyver parody directed by Jorma Taccone. Cunth is a bad guy with a nuclear missile and must be stopped. He is also responsible for the death of hero MacGruber’s wife years ago. Also starring Will Forte, Kristin Wiig, Powers Boothe, and Ryan Phillippe.
Bad guys always know they’re right. They’re smug. They’re fun.
In this crime action movie directed by Jesse Terrero, Kilmer plays Angel, a convict who is let out of prison early to help catch a gang of gun runners after his wife is murdered. Angel gets in with the gun dealers and helps to bring them down. Also starring 50 Cent and Annalynne McCord. 50 Cent:
I passed the Val Kilmer test. When he read the script, he said, ‘Yo, this is good. You wrote this?’ He was surprised that I did it.
Kilmer plays Mr. Nobody, a nameless and mysterious traveler in this horror thriller directed by Michael Oblowitz. When Kilmer walks into an isolated police station and confesses to multiple murders, they arrest him but soon start to die. Eventually one of the officers notices that Mr. Nobody looks like a drifter they wrongly killed a year earlier and realizes that they are cursed for their misdeeds. Starring Dylan Neal, Paul McGillion and Camille Sullivan. Oblowitz:
The Traveler is my first collaboration with Val Kilmer and we are scheduled to do a sequel later this year.
Kilmer plays Dutchman in this action drama directed by Renny Harlin and based on real events. Dutchman is a reporter who tips off and helps fellow journalist Thomas Anders, played by Rupert Friend, to help the people of Georgia against an impending Russian invasion. Also starring Emmanuelle Chriqui and Richard Coyle.
When I got up this morning, I thought I was making a war movie!
In this horror thriller directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Kilmer plays Hall Baltimore, a writer who needs his next story. While on a book signing tour he finds it when a body turns up in the local lake. Baltimore delves into the occult and ends up discovering much about himself while helping to solve the mystery. Also starring Elle Fanning, Bruce Dern and Joanne Whalley
There’s a couple of dream sequences. What Francis has done is use the 3D sparingly. It only comes a couple of times, so it’s very memorable when there’s an event and you put your glasses on … It’s a Halloween extravaganza.
In this horror thriller directed by Kevin Carraway, Kilmer plays stranded traveler Bill McCormick. One of a group who find themselves stuck at an isolated old house for the night after an accident, McCormick is gravely injured when he arrives and things only get worse for him and the rest of the group from there. By the end of the night a bizarre curse is revealed. Co-starring Ving Rhames and Bonnie Summerville. On filming in Ohio:
Everyone’s too kind in Ohio, it’s suspect.
Kilmer provides the voice for Bravo, a Navy fighter plane in this Disney’s animated film, directed by Klay Hall. Bravo and fellow fighter plane Echo help Dusty the crop duster back to the ship to land safely after Ned and Zed sabotage his equipment during the big race. Co-starring Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Gabriel Iglesias, and Anthony Edwards.
Anthony and I were such great rivals in Top Gun, we always had so much fun on set. And I’ve always thought so highly of Anthony, especially with his success on ER. So it was really great to find out that we would work together again on Planes.
Kilmer plays Sheriff Hofstadder in the D.J. Caruso written and directed adaptation of Brock Cole’s The Goats. This coming of age anti-bullying movie tells the story of two outcast prank victims who run away from summer camp and have an adventure that includes stealing Hofstadder’s car. Co-starring Chandler Canturbury and Annalise Basso. Caruso:
Val is always misunderstood in a way and he’s one of those actors that are dangerous because you don’t know what he’s thinking. You don’t know what he’s going to do and I felt like Hofstadder was one of those characters that actually was trying to do the right thing, but he was just so off kilter that the way he tried to do the right thing would feel creepy and scary…I felt like Val would be perfect in that. He just had a little window and we basically shot his stuff in a day and a half. It was great to reconnect and work with him and hopefully we can do it again soon because I think he’s one of those treasures that were misunderstood. Before I had worked with him I felt he had gone through some trials and tribulations on set that gave him a bad reputation, but I’ve only had great experiences with him.
In this high school drama directed by Gia Coppola and based on the collection of short stories by James Franco, Kilmer plays Stewart, April’s (emma Roberts) video game playing, stoner stepfather. The brief role finds Kilmer offering fatherly advice and support to his less than appreciative charge. Co-starring James Franco and Jack Kilmer. Jack:
Yeah, he just kind of said like dad stuff. [Laughs] He’s really supportive and he would say like, ‘You just got to breathe and be super honest and tell the truth and take risks and just have so much fun.’ And that was kind of it. I’d ask him for advice sometimes, but he also understood that I wanted to figure a lot of it out on my own, because that’s kind of just my style.