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VAL is a Moving Tribute to a Man with Many Lives In and Out of Hollywood


Batman. Top Gun. The Doors. Cinema Twain.  These are just a few of the iconic roles associated with Hollywood legend Val Kilmer.  However, when the actor came off stage from a performance of Mark Twain, little did he know his hoarseness would change the trajectory of his life and career forever.

Directed by Ting Poo and Leo Scott, the duo makes exemplary use footage shot by Kilmer over the decades chronicling every single second of his life.  Even footage from one of Marlon Brando’s last onscreen appearances in ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau‘ where we learn some things.

From his humble beginnings as fresh-faced Julliard graduate to becoming  a star often categorized as ‘spoiled, immature and a perfectionist obsessed with detail,’ one thing is for sure…Val Kilmer has truly led a magical life.  In second grade,  he was invited to the set of the Batman television series and lived out every little boy’s dream of playing the superhero when he was cast as Batman in Batman Forever in 1995. He literally took the without even reading the script and watch any and all dreams get crushed when realizing while in the suit, he couldn’t hear, breathe and had to be held to sit down and stand up.Kilmer realized that being Batman meant to just to show up and stand where he was told.

In addition, to sharing the most intimate chapters of a life well lived, we learn that he is an impressionistic painter, a. doting Dad, son and an artists who refused to be counted out – even from himself. ‘VAL’ is a cinematic blueprint and message for any actor who may feel counted out due to a physical or vocal limitation.  He proves without a shadow of a doubt that anyone can embark upon a new chapter with verve, confidence and a sense of humor.  Honesty is born a pure love and love is the most divine healer to put on the journey of realizing the life you lead is the story you tell. Healed and inspired is exactly what audiences will walk away with after viewing ‘VAL’ available on Prime Video right now.

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