Kilmer has not yet directly responded to the claims

Michael Douglas has claimed that fellow actor Val Kilmer is battling cancer.

The two stars appeared alongside each other in 1996 film The Ghost and the Darkness. Speaking about that movie in a Q&A interview with Jonathan Ross at the weekend, Douglas made claims about Kilmer’s health.

“Val was a wonderful guy who is dealing with exactly what I had, and things don’t look too good for him,” Douglas said, as reported by Variety, further alleging that Kilmer is battling oral cancer.

Douglas added: “My prayers are with him. That’s why you haven’t heard too much from Val lately”.

Kilmer has not yet directly responded to Douglas’ claims, although he did quote Mark Twain on Facebook, writing: “The recent news of my death has been greatly exaggerated”.

Michael Douglas himself was diagnosed with stage 4 oral cancer in 2010. He was pronounced cancer-free in 2011 following treatment.

Batman actor Kilmer previously denied ill-health last year, writing on Facebook: “Thank you all for your love and support. There’s a rumour I’m unwell again and in hospital which is totally untrue. I was in [hospital] to verify I have no tumour or infection of any kind which was verified by the very caring experts at UCLA.”

As well as Batman Forever, Kilmer has appeared in films such as Top Secret! (1984), Real Genius (1985), Top Gun (1986) and as Jim Morrison in The Doors (1991).