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VAL KILMER RESOLVES TO EAT HIS WAY THROUGH 2010
January 2 2010
Hollywood, CA – The film industry has always been about face. Even in the earliest days of the industry the face always ruled. Starlets such as Marion Davies and Renee Adoree lit up those early silver screens with luminescent faces. For men too it was
about the looks, though figures as diverse as Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart both made it big during the Golden Age of the industry. Little has changed in recent years as new starlets, both male and female, continue to dominate the industry despite questionable acting talent.
One of the people that had that type of success was Val Kilmer. A bona fide movie star in his early twenties, Kilmer made a career by playing the good looking but just a little complicated hero. While Kilmer’s acting chops were present throughout his performances, earning him great acclaim in movies such as ‘The Doors’ and ‘Tombstone’, it was his chiselled good looks that helped to carry him to movie stardom. Of course it has been a long time since that success and Kilmer has aged, well he’s aged. Now the butt of many jokes due to his rotund appearance and his virtual disappearance from any movies that anyone has seen, Kilmer has apparently embraced his current status, promising to push his current life ever forward in the New Year.
“I made a New Year’s resolution well before the year was coming to a close. I resolved to continue on the path that I have been on in recent years and to hit it home even further. It’s become ever more clear to me in recent years that this is my one true destiny and that I have to embrace it in order to truly enjoy life,” said Kilmer in an exclusive interview. “I figure there’s no sense fighting what you are. I’ve done that before and it only ever resulted in heartache and frustration and that is something that at my age I’m simply not willing to tolerate any more. My resolution for the New Year is to eat as much as I possibly can without getting sick and I am going to stick to that no matter the obstacles.”
Kilmer celebrated his fiftieth birthday on December 31 with friends, family, and apparently quite a lot of food. He would not reveal his exact weight.
“You look at his contemporaries like Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Cruise and you can
clearly see the correlation between size and success. Hollywood often denies that it engages in superficial casting but it’s quite obvious that that simply isn’t that case. I am completely sure that if Kilmer were say 50 or 100 pounds lighter he would be getting better roles than he is now,” said Scrape TV Entertainment analyst Tracey Temple. “It’s unclear if he has been gaining this weight in order to simply defy Hollywood conventions or if he has some other motivation. He has always been one of the town’s bad boys so it’s certainly possible that he is rebelling but it could also just be that he really likes to eat.”
In 1996 Kilmer starred alongside Marlon Brando, in his final role, in the poorly received ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’. Brando had a very similar career path, going from a suave and muscular young actor to a beached whale-type of appearance.
“The one thing that Kilmer really needs to worry about is that if he gets too big he might not be able to fit on screen. Even with IMAX starting to grow in popularity Kilmer’s increasing girth could make it very difficult for anyone to cast him. Much the same thing has happened to John Goodman who apparently just simply doesn’t fit in frame anymore,” continued Temple. “It is of course possible that Kilmer simply doesn’t care about that anymore. It’s likely that he has made enough money in his career to never work again. Of course if he starts to eat through his cash that could make things difficult. Fatty foods aren’t cheap after all.”
Kilmer was last seen, partially at least, in ‘The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans’. It’s not clear how much of him will be shown in future projects.
Samantha Dryden, Entertainment Correspondent