Actor Val Kilmer says Michael Douglas was inaccurate when he claimed at a London Q&A on Sunday that Kilmer has cancer.
“I love Michael Douglas but he is misinformed,” Kilmer, 56, said in a long Facebook post. “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,’ ” in which Kilmer portrays 19th-century author and humorist Mark Twain. “I ended up using a team at UCLA and have no cancer whatsoever. I still have a swollen tongue and am rehabbing steadily.”
In reports ultimately originating with the UK tabloid The Sun and picked up by other news outlets, Oscar-winning actor-producer Douglas said at London’s Royal Theatre, Drury Lane, that his “The Ghost and the Darkness” co-star “was a wonderful guy who is dealing with exactly what I had, and things don’t look too good for him. My prayers are with him. That’s why you haven’t heard too much from Val lately.”
Kilmer, who among other projects has completed work on three films scheduled for release next year, added, “Whatever led Michael Douglas to speculate about my health, he’s a loving and devoted friend to a privileged group of talent[ed] people around the world, and I’m sure he meant no harm.”
Since January 2015, Kilmer has been the subject of speculation about his health.