Val Kilmer talks Top Gun: Maverick return as he and Tom Cruise ‘had tears in their eyes’ filming


Val Kilmer talks ‘very moving’ return in Top Gun: Maverick as he and Tom Cruise ‘had tears in their eyes’ while filming together 36 years later: ‘I consider him a real friend’

Fans were captivated as Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise shared the screen together after 36 years.

And it has been revealed that audiences weren’t the only ones who had tears in their eyes during that reunion.

The 62-year-old actor Val talked about his ‘very moving’ return in Top Gun: Maverick with the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday as it was revealed that there wasn’t a dry eye on set as he filmed with 59-year-old Tom.

Tearful reunion: Val Kilmer, 62, talked about his 'very moving' return in Top Gun: Maverick with the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday as it was revealed that there wasn't a dry eye on set as he filmed with 59-year-old Tom Cruise

Tearful reunion: Val Kilmer, 62, talked about his ‘very moving’ return in Top Gun: Maverick with the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday as it was revealed that there wasn’t a dry eye on set as he filmed with 59-year-old Tom Cruise

Movie magic happened when Captain Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell (Cruise) and Admiral Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky (Kilmer) meet as Iceman communicates via typed words on a screen as the character has throat cancer like Val’s real life diagnosis.

He goes on to use his actual voice to communicate with his longtime pal in a moment which Kilmer described to the publication as: ‘Very personal and moving.’ 

Of his friendship with Tom, Val said:  ‘Tom and I get along really well. We giggled like little kids in school between takes. I consider him a real friend. We shared intimate stories and challenges about our different lifestyles!’

Lifelong bond: Captain Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell (Cruise) and Admiral Tom 'Iceman' Kazansky (Kilmer) were featured in the original Top Gun film from 1986

Lifelong bond: Captain Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell (Cruise) and Admiral Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky (Kilmer) were featured in the original Top Gun film from 1986

'Very personal and moving': Iceman communicates via typed words on a screen as the character has throat cancer like Val's real life diagnosis

‘Very personal and moving’: Iceman communicates via typed words on a screen as the character has throat cancer like Val’s real life diagnosis

It definitely seemed to be a rollercoaster of emotions for the two A-listers as director Joseph Kosinski described a touching moment between the longtime pals.

 The 48-year-old actor said: ‘After one of the takes (we only did a few) I noticed that both Tom and Val had tears in their eyes. It felt like a genuine moment between two old friends.’

Kosinski  added that the two stars helped each other raise their acting performances in a show of true spirit.

He said: ‘You’ve got two masters at the top of their game playing the most iconic characters of their careers. I think there is a lot of Maverick in Tom, and Iceman in Val, so what you are seeing onscreen is an authentic friendship that has lasted over 36 years.’

'I noticed that both Tom and Val had tears in their eyes': It definitely seemed to be a rollercoaster of emotions for the two A-listers as director Joseph Kosinski described a touching moment between the longtime pals, the actors are seen in the 1986 film

‘I noticed that both Tom and Val had tears in their eyes’: It definitely seemed to be a rollercoaster of emotions for the two A-listers as director Joseph Kosinski described a touching moment between the longtime pals, the actors are seen in the 1986 film

Iconic: Val is seen in a press photo for the original Top Gun

Iconic: Val is seen in a press photo for the original Top Gun

 Their bond from filming the original Top Gun film from 1986 has continued throughout the decades.

Val said: ‘We talked quite a bit about what was best for the story and I think they got it right at the end.

‘We are in touch and exchange Xmas gifts every year!’

Top Gun: Maverick opened number one at the box office, earning a whopping $124 million dollars in the US.  It is Tom Cruise’s highest earning film debut to date.  

Trailblazer: Kilmer was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2015, and the resulting chemotherapy and multiple tracheostomies damaged his vocal chords. Seen in 2019

Trailblazer: Kilmer was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2015, and the resulting chemotherapy and multiple tracheostomies damaged his vocal chords. Seen in 2019

The action adventure catapulted both stars to the stratosphere career wise, so it only seemed right to incorporate the foes turned friends in the sequel. 

The Batman star has suffered from several health concerns in the intervening time between the films.

He was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2015, and the resulting chemotherapy and multiple tracheostomies damaged his vocal chords. 

This resulted in the former A-list actor speaking with a raspy voice and sometimes struggling to communicate.

Soaring: Top Gun: Maverick opened number one at the box office, earning a whopping $124 million dollars in the US. It is Tom Cruise's highest earning film debut to date

Soaring: Top Gun: Maverick opened number one at the box office, earning a whopping $124 million dollars in the US. It is Tom Cruise’s highest earning film debut to date

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