Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Whatever Happened To?

Granted today’s selection has been working steadily, in straight-to-DVD releases, for a few years now. Yet when was the last time you saw Val Kilmer in a lead role on the big screen? I know he has a bad reputation for being a bit of a diva on set, but I think Kilmer has paid his dues in B-movie purgatory. It is time for him to jumpstart his career again like John Travolta did back in the 90’s.



Val Kilmer

Career Highlights: Top Gun (1986), Willow (1988), Heat (1995), Top Secret (1984), Tombstone (1993), The Doors (1991), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2004), The Salton Sea (2002)

Low Points: Mindhunters (2004), The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), Red Planet (2000), Alexander (2004), At First Sight (1999), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), The Real McCoy (1993)

Last Seen: The Bad Lieutenant: The Port of Call New Orleans (2009)

Where You Will See Him Again: The SNL-inspired comedy MacGruber; and The Irishmen with Ray Stevenson

7 comments:

  1. It's sad but this is what happens when you get a rep of being hard to work without the cred it back it up. Bruce Willis can be a dick because his movies make millions, Kilmer on the other hand never really led a movie into a big payday and now he's basically stuck in direct-to-video.

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  2. He had his chance with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang...and he, like Travolta, squandered it.

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  3. @Mike - You make an excellent point about Bruce Willis. People have been complaining about him since Moonlighting.

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  4. @Simon - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is not the type of film you make a comeback out of. He needs something where he really plays against type.

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  5. Never been a big fan of the guy. Cool name though.

    Dude's also put on some serious pounds lately.

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  6. Well said! It's high time for Val to come back to the land of the legitimate acting and away from all the straight to DVD schlock.

    Secondly, I like that you and I are on the same page with his Highlights...I own every title shown and none of the "Low Points":)

    Looking forward to The Irishmen (which looks to have one hell of a cast) But one that's not mentioned is Spartan...or maybe you're like me and don't know if you liked it or not:P

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  7. @Marc - Spartan was one of those in between films for me. I did not love it enough to consider it a highpoint, but I also did not dislike it either.

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