The day before its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Amazon Studios released the trailer for Val, a documentary about the life and career of actor Val Kilmer.
“My name is Val kilmer; I’m an actor, “says a narrator in the trailer.” I have lived a magical life and I have captured much of it. I was the first boy I met to have a video camera. “Look up!
Through Kilmer’s own documentation, audiences will get a first-hand account of the actor’s journey from making 16mm home movies with his brother to acting in iconic roles for blockbusters such as Top Gun, Batman Forever, Tombstone and The Doors.
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Perhaps most revealing is a behind-the-scenes look at Kilmer’s life between films, as seen in moments in the trailer when he’s spliced with Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon. Drawing from thousands of hours of footage, the film spans four decades.
Kilmer is also open about his throat cancer diagnosis and admits that he is still on the mend and that because it is difficult to speak, he has a hard time being understood. It has led him to want to tell his story more than ever.
“I spent decades finding my voice through the characters,” says Kilmer in Pixies’ Where is My Mind. “I have tried to see the world as a piece of life.”
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Val It is directed by Leo Scott and Ting Poo, who produce alongside Kilmer, Andrew Fried, Dane Lillegard, Jordan Wynn, Brad Koepenick and Ali Alborzi. Ben Cotner is serving as executive producer.
It hits theaters on July 23 and premieres on Prime Video on August 6.
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