I know – you all come here for my positive attitude and inspiration, but once in a while, the Princess of Positive gets pissed. Nobody who disrespects our men and women in uniform, past or present, should get away with it! My dear friend Mrs. G (Queen of the Milblogs) posted about stupid stuff said by Val Kilmer in an Esquire interview (see below) in 2005. This article has re-surfaced as he is considering a run for Governor of New Mexico. But here is the kicker – he is also King of Bacchus! For those of you not familiar with Mardi Gras, this is a huge deal! If we attend this year, I might be throwing something AT “Mistah Kilmer.”
Gosh – I loved you in The Doors Val – but now that I read this old interview, I am convinced you were either smoking something when you were interviewed or you are just one of those actors who is too stupid for their own good.
Klosterman: You mean you think you literally had the same experience as Doc Holliday?
Kilmer: Oh, sure. It’s not like I believed that I shot somebody, but I absolutely know what it feels like to pull the trigger and take someone’s life.
Klosterman: You understand how it feels to shoot someone as much as a person who has actually committed a murder?
Kilmer: I understand it more. It’s an actor’s job. A guy who’s lived through the horror of Vietnam has not spent his life preparing his mind for it. He’s some punk. Most guys were borderline criminal or poor, and that’s why they got sent to Vietnam. It was all the poor, wretched kids who got beat up by their dads, guys who didn’t get on the football team, couldn’t finagle a scholarship. They didn’t have the emotional equipment to handle that experience. But this is what an actor trains to do. I can more effectively represent that kid in Vietnam than a guy who was there.