Closeup of Val Kilmer at the premiere of Alexander

Val Kilmer Shares His Story on Surviving Throat Cancer

Top Gun star Val Kilmer has had a storied career and an equally storied life, and now he will be sharing a side of these experiences never-before-seen by fans in his new documentary: Val.

In particular, the 61-year-old actor will be opening up about his battle with throat cancer, which ultimately led to him losing his voice.

Six years following his diagnosis, Val is cancer-free but “still recovering” from its effects, according to daughter Mercedes in an interview with Extra.

The documentary received massive praise during its debut at the Cannes Film Festival, where it received a standing ovation from onlookers. The film features behind-the-scenes footage from some of Val’s movie appearances, as well as personal clips.

“I obviously am sounding much worse than I feel,” he says in one such clip from the film.

“I can’t speak without plugging this hole [in his throat]. You have to make the choice to breathe or to eat. It’s an obstacle that is very present with whoever sees me.”

Aside from the visible obstacles, though, the actor also shares more intimate aspects of his experience.

“I have behaved bizarrely to some. I deny none of this and have no regrets because I have lost and found parts of myself that I never knew existed. I am blessed,” Kilmer says in the documentary.

Fans of the actor can find Val available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

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