Friday 9 December 2016

Val Kilmer in first public appearance since denying Michael Douglas cancer claim

Published 12/11/2016 | 13:21

Kilmer said Michael Douglas was
Kilmer said Michael Douglas was "misinformed" (AP)

Val Kilmer appeared to be struggling to speak as he made his first public appearance since denying reports he has cancer.

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His friend Michael Douglas had claimed Kilmer has the same tongue cancer he had been diagnosed with, something Kilmer has denied.

Video footage of the Batman Forever actor presenting the film version of his one-many play Citizen Twain in Los Angeles shows Kilmer slurring and dabbing his mouth with a tissue.

Kilmer has previously told fans Douglas had been "misinformed" about his condition and added he has not spoken to the star for nearly two years.

Douglas, who was diagnosed with tongue cancer in 2010 and was given the all-clear the following year, said his friend was "dealing with exactly what I had", adding: "Things don't look too good for him."

He said: "My prayers are with him. That's why you haven't heard too much from Val lately."

But Kilmer, 56, who worked with Douglas on the 1996 film The Ghost And The Darkness, assured fans in a lengthy Facebook post that he is not suffering from cancer.

"I love Michael Douglas but he is misinformed," he 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 (University of California, Los Angeles) and have no cancer whatsoever. I still have a swollen tongue and am rehabbing steadily."

The footage of Kilmer introducing his film shows the actor telling the crowd he had to cancel his upcoming tour for the play because his "tongue swelled".

He said: "I went into rehearsals down in Florida and started having trouble with my speech. Obviously I'm still recovering. My tongue swelled up and I cancelled the tour. As I'm recovering, I'm showing this."

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