Val Kilmer has opened up about his two-year fight against throat cancer.
Rumours surrounding the Batman Forever star’s health began back in 2015. In 2016, Michael Douglas told the press that Kilmer was suffering from oral cancer, before Kilmer issued a health update and claimed that Douglas was “misinformed”. In May, he said in an online Q&A that he had “a healing of cancer”.
Now, The Hollywood Reporter states that the actor experienced a “two-year battle with throat cancer”.
Taking part in an interview for the publication’s Hollywood Legacies issue alongside his children, Kilmer opens up about the disease for the first time – and claims his diagnosis made him reassess his priorities.
“I was too serious,” he says. “I’d get upset when things like Oscars and recognition failed to come my way.”
Kilmer does say, however, that he “would like to have more Oscars than anybody”, adding: “Meryl Streep must feel pretty good, you know? It must feel nice to know that everyone loves her. It’s about being loved.”
It’s also revealed that Kilmer’s daughter Mercedes was hit by a car shortly after his diagnosis, with the family members being treated in the same hospital. His son Jack describes how he was “miserable” and “distraught” at the time.