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Posted: June 07, 2018

Val Kilmer will be back as Iceman in 'Top Gun: Maverick'

7 Things You Didn't Know About Val Kilmer

By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

For those who remember the iconic volleyball game from the first “Top Gun,” Val Kilmer will be reprising his role as Tom Cruise’s nemesis in “Top Gun: Maverick.”

Recently, Cruise shared a photo from the first day of shooting for the upcoming sequel, showing himself in his flight suit, carrying his helmet.

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Kilmer has been lobbying to have a part in the sequel, reminding Cruise via Instagram earlier this year that Iceman won the Top Gun Trophy in the original film, USAToday reported

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Kilmer, 58, confirmed last year that he had been battling throat cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter

Top Gun: Maverick” is scheduled to hit the big screen in July 2019. 

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FILE PHOTO; Val Kilmer attends a basketball game between the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 6, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Kilmer has been confirmed to be in the upcoming sequel to "Top Gun." "Top Gun: Maverick" hits theaters next year. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)


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Actor Val Kilmer opens up about rumored cancer diagnosis

Val Kilmer revealed he has been recovering from a cancer diagnosis.

People reported that Kilmer did a Reddit Ask Me Anything, or AMA, this week, where he opened up about his cancer diagnosis for the first time since rumors of his health started swirling.

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Earlier this year, Michael Douglas revealed that Kilmer had been diagnosed with oral cancer during a Q&A, and it set the rumor mill on fire.

“Things don’t look too good for him,” Douglas said at the time. “My prayers are with him. That’s why you haven’t heard too much from Val lately.”

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Kilmer immediately refuted the rumors on Facebook and said he had not spoken to Douglas in two years.

“I love Michael Douglas but he is misinformed,” Kilmer wrote. “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.”

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This week, Kilmer said on Reddit he has had “a healing of cancer.”

“A while ago, Michael Douglas claimed you had terminal cancer,” one fan asked. “What was the story behind that?”

“He was probably trying to help me ‘cause press probably asked where I was these days, and I did have a healing of cancer, but my tongue is still swollen, although healing all the time,” Kilmer responded. “Because I don’t sound my normal self yet, people think I may still be under the weather.”

Kilmer also faced rumors of health issues in 2015 after it was rumored he had a tumor and was later spotted with a tracheotomy tube around his neck, something he allegedly later hid with scarves.

Val Kilmer is just as excited as the rest of us about ‘Top Gun 2’

Since Tom Cruise confirmed the sequel to “Top Gun” in an Australian interview Tuesday, fans of the 1986 film have been excited.

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It turns out that “Top Gun’s” own Iceman is excited too.

CNN reported that Val Kilmer, who played a rival to Cruise’s character Maverick, shared on Instagram that he’s ready to go on “Top Gun 2.”

“I’m ready Tom -- still got my ‘Top Gun’ plaque! Still got the moves! Still got it!” Kilmer captioned the photo.

Related: Tom Cruise confirms ‘Top Gun’ sequel is in the works

The film has been in serious talks by people in the film industry for at least the last few years. In a 2015 interview with Collider, film producer David Ellison confirmed “Top Gun 2” was in the works and that Cruise would return as Maverick. In 2016, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, said in an interview that discussions were underway for the film.

Cruise confirmed the sequel was “definitely happening.”

“I'm going to start filming it probably in the next year,” he said.

Val Kilmer makes rare appearance during Doc Holliday tribute in Tombstone

Val Kilmer made a rare public appearance to help mark the birthday of the real-life man who helped make Kilmer a star.

Kilmer was in Tombstone for the “Doc Holli-Days” that help celebrate the life of Doc Holliday, The Associated Press reported. Kilmer portrayed Holliday in the 1993 film “Tombstone.”

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Kilmer, sporting a cowboy hat and sunglasses, rode through the iconic western town as parade grand marshal in a coach dating back to the 1880s, the Sierra Vista Herald reported.

This was the first time Kilmer had returned to Tombstone since the movie came out.

Thousands of people, many dressed as characters from the movie and historical time frame, were at the events that featured Kilmer, the Sierra Vista Herald reported.

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Earlier this year, Kilmer confirmed during a Reddit Ask Me Anything q&a he had been battling cancer, Variety reported.

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Val Kilmer speaks about battle with throat cancer in interview

Val Kilmer, 57, recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about his kids and his life after cancer.

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Kilmer, a movie hero in the ’80s and ’90s, suffered a two-year battle with throat cancer. The disease left him with a raspy voice. In video footage shot by The Hollywood Reporter, Kilmer appears much thinner than he did just a few years ago.

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He said the battle changed his priorities.

“I was too serious,” said the Academy Award nominee admitted. “I’d get upset when things like Oscars and recognition failed to come my way.”

Kilmer’s two children, Jack, 22, and Mercedes, 26, are both pursuing careers in acting. Mercedes and her dad were in the same hospital at the same time after she was hit by a car shortly after Kilmer’s diagnosis.

“I was just, you know, miserable, distraught, sitting next to these two,” Jack said.

Kilmer also said he leaned heavily on his faith to get through the tough time.

'Top Gun:' 5 Things You Didn't Know

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