I wish the lad well, but as an actor, a professional actor, if I see a wooden performance I’m gonna call it. I did it with Anthony Edwards in Top Gun; with Marlon Branco in the Island of Dr. Moreau and I’m doing it now. I don’t give a shit. My art is too important for that.
The comments came in direct contrast to the endorsements that Bat Kid received from Christian Bale and Ben Affleck. Even George Clooney admitted that the 5 year old had done a better job of ‘inhabiting the character.’ However, Kilmer was unrepentant.
When I was Jim Morrison in The Doors, I put on weight, I drank and took drugs, I slept with really beautiful women. In other words I sacrificed myself to become Jim Morrison. With Batman, I spent six months as a full time millionaire and six months as a vigilante. If Bat Kid prepared at all for his role – which I saw no evidence of – then he did not give it to his performance and it suffered as a result.
Val Kilmer will be appearing in Twixt.