Tom Cruise Says Val Kilmer Is 'Doing Well' Following Battle With Cancer
Tom Cruise has said Top Gun co-star Val Kilmer is 'doing really well' after fans showed concern for the actor following his battle with cancer.
A recent video Kilmer shared to his Instagram was flooded with comments from fans who were worried about the actor after hearing his noticeably different voice, following a procedure on his trachea. That resulted in a flurry of responses fans posted to ask the 58-year-old if he was OK as well as offering their support and wishing him well.
One wrote: "Sending you love and healing vibes." Another added: "You keep inspiring me and all of us with your personal fight more than you ever did on-screen sir! I truly wish for you to be healthy and happy once again Mr. Kilmer. God bless you Val!"
Now, Cruise, who will appear with Kilmer in the upcoming sequel Top Gun: Maverick has told Extra: "He's doing really well," before adding that it was 'special' to be reunited with his on-screen rival.
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And it seems as though Kilmer was just as keen to work with Cruise once more, as he told a Reddit AMA back in 2017 how much he was looking forward to returning. He wrote: "Hell yes. What a hoot it will be..."
The actor had previously denied that he had throat cancer after rumours began circulating in 2015.
In 2016, fellow actor Michael Douglas announced that Kilmer had cancer and wished him a quick recovery, but Kilmer spoke out to tell the media that Douglas was 'misinformed'.
He said: "The last time I spoke to him was almost two years ago, when I asked him for a referral for a specialist to get a diagnosis for a lump in my throat, which prevented me from continuing a tour of my play CITIZEN TWAIN. I ended up using a team at UCLA and have no cancer whatsoever."
However, last year, during the same Reddit AMA, he revealed that he Douglas was 'probably trying to help' him and saying that he had a 'healing of cancer', adding: "Because I don't sound my normal self yet people think I may still be under the weather."
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