Val Kilmer is doing his best in the midst of his cancer battle and recovery.
The 61-year-old actor was diagnosed with throat cancer a few years ago. It was a tracheal operation – which left him with a difficult recovery.
The “Topgun” star’s battle with cancer will be chronicled in the upcoming documentary, “Val,” which will also feature her children Jack, 26, and Mercedes, 29, who recently spoke with the doc’s Extra. And their father, in particular by giving an update on his recovery.
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“He’s doing fine,” Mercedes said, noting that the actor “was still recovering.”
She added: “The process of recovery is just as exhausting as the disease itself.”
However, both found the outpouring of fan support touching.
“Everyone has been so supportive of me; it makes me emotional,” Jack said. “It’s really beautiful to see people coming together.”
“Val” will feature footage shot by Kilmer over the course of his life, which Jack says is not only “emotional” to watch, but also “really fun”.
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“We were breaking down [during] a lot, “Mercedes said, adding that she and Jack were” aware “that their father was shooting home videos, but” hadn’t seen much “until the document was put into place.
“It was very exciting,” she added.
Kilmer’s daughter added that her father “always had this need to document things” and continued to do so throughout his cancer diagnosis and battle.
“And then they realized they had these archives, and that’s how the movie this movie was born,” she explained. “But my dad has been making this movie for 50 years.”
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Referring to a quote from the trailer in which Kilmer describes himself as having “the soul of a clown,” Mercedes revealed one of her father’s most clownish traits.
“It always elevates mundane moments of life in this type of high theater,” she exclaimed.
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“He’s just a life freak and he loves life so much,” Jack added. “He has to document everything because he cannot be stopped.”
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