Val Kilmer has had a lengthy and diverse career that has lasted for decades, starting with his role as Lieutenant Tom “Iceman” Kazansky in the iconic 1980s film “Top Gun”.
It was revealed that the actor had been fighting throat cancer after he had gone into hiding for a period of time in the middle of the 2010s. Val returned to his legendary role as Iceman in the sequel to “Top Gun,” titled “Top Gun: Maverick.”
The movie was shown for the first time anywhere in the globe in May 2022, just before it was released in theaters everywhere else. Val appeared in the movie once again with Tom Cruise, who also starred.
During an interview he described the event as “very emotional as in between takes, Tom and I just laughed like we were in high school.”
Jerry Bruckheimer, the film’s producer said that Val was “thrilled” to be a part of the next film: “We got in touch with Val over the phone and informed him that we needed him to be there for the film. And this made him very happy…
Tom Cruise has said that the film will not be produced without him being a part of it. Having him there and being a part of it meant a lot to all of us. Because you like seeing Iceman and Maverick go at it on the big screen, and you want to see them do it again.”
He spoke on how important it was to capture their characters’ “36-year friendship” on camera, since it was an integral part of the storyline of the movie. In the meanwhile, Cruise disclosed that he “really campaigned hard for (Val) to make the movie”
“When you consider the sort of ability that he has, it’s extremely special, it’s simply very amazing.”