Top Gun star Val Kilmer speaks with voice box as he battles to cancer recovery

Top Gun star Val Kilmer speaks with voice box as he battles to cancer recovery

07/08/2021

Top Gun actor Val Kilmer opened up his ordeal recovering from cancer and used voice box to communicate.

The 61-year-old Hollywood star was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2015 but he kept his condition private and only revealed it two years later.

In a new documentary "Val", which will be released on Amazon Prime, he said it is "difficult to talk and be understood" what it's like to go through the journey.

The Batman Forever actor lost his voice and had to have a tracheotomy – an incision in the neck to help with breathing – during his recovery from throat cancer.

In the trailer featuring some of his videos taken from his earlier years on and off his film sets, Val said: "My name is Val Kilmer. I'm an actor.

"I've lived a magical life and captured quite a bit of it. I was the first guy I knew to own a video camera.

"I see myself as a sensitive, intelligent human being. But with the soul of a clown.

"I was recently diagnosed with throat cancer. I'm still recovering, and it is difficult to talk and be understood.

"But I want to tell my story more than ever."

At the end of the clip, Val is seen pushing his throat and trying to get words out with his voice box.

He says: "I spent decades finding my voice through characters. I've tried to see the world as one piece of life."

His fans were moved after watching the trailer of the documentary, directed by Leo Scott and Ting Poo.

One commented on social media: "Val is a legend man. I have seen him in so many movies like Top Gun, Heat and of course Batman Forever. God bless him and I hope he knows he's appreciated."

"This will be heartbreaking to watch but also incredible," another wrote while a third added: "He's been my favourite actor all these years.

"I'm so happy this documentary is happening and pleased as punch that it's going to be at Cannes.

"Val deserved way more credit than he ever got."

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