Val Kilmer Talks Top Gun 2, Relationship With Tom Cruise


As remakes and reboots go Hollywood is churning them out more so now than ever, and if there were ever to be talks of a Top Gun 2, fans can count Val Kilmer in.

During an AMA on reddit, the man that was made a household name after playing Lt. Tom "Iceman" Kazanski told Wile_E_Coyote -- and the other participants -- that we would reprise the role, almost saying that it would be happening, too.

"Hell yes," Kilmer said. "What a hoot it will be..."

It. Will. Be. Hmmmm.

Kilmer, now 57-years-old, will be appearing in Song to Song opposite Rooney Mara and Ryan Gosling as well as The Snowman directed by Tomas Alfredson this year.

Not that either of those projects would preclude him from rekindling a rivalry with Maverick.

The questioning continued on Top Gun when pasimako asked Kilmer to confirm any of the rumors that the on-screen tension between Iceman and Maverick -- played by Tom Cruise -- were real off-screen.

Kilmer took the chance to either accurately deny the rumors or publicly squash a beef in hopes that the project actually does garner interest.

"(Tom) was a sweetheart," Kilmer posted. "We were all quite rowdy me and all the real flyboys and the actors, so I actually felt a little sorry for him cause we all had time to play and date the cute extras and zoom around San Diego in muscle cars, but Tom was always in some scene and never go to play with us..."

If you are in need of a Top Gun refresher on the two, here is one from its Wiki breakdown: Near the end of the training program, Maverick and Iceman both chase Jester; the latter attempts to gain a missile lock on the target. Maverick is close enough to take out Jester with his guns, and pressures Iceman to break off the engagement and clear his shot. Maverick's F-14 flies through the jet wash of Iceman's aircraft and suffers a flameout of both engines, forcing Maverick's aircraft into an unrecoverable flat spin. Maverick and Goose eject, but the force of the ejection slams Goose's head into the jettisoned aircraft canopy, killing him.

Although the board of inquiry clears Maverick of responsibility for Goose's death, he feels guilty and loses his aggressiveness when flying. Charlie and others attempt to console him, but Maverick considers retiring. Unsure of his future, he seeks Viper's advice. Viper reveals that he served with Maverick's father in VF-51, and tells him classified details that prove Duke Mitchell died heroically. He informs Maverick that he can graduate from Top Gun if he can regain his self-confidence. Maverick chooses to graduate, but Iceman wins the award for top pilot.

During the graduation party Iceman, Hollywood, and Maverick are ordered to immediately return to Enterprise to deal with a "crisis situation", providing air support for the rescue of a stricken communications ship that has drifted into hostile waters. Maverick and Merlin are assigned to one of two F-14s as back-up for those flown by Iceman and Hollywood, despite Iceman's reservations over Maverick's state of mind. The subsequent hostile engagement with six MiGs sees Hollywood shot down; Maverick is scrambled alone due to catapult failure and nearly retreats after encountering circumstances similar to those that caused Goose's death. Upon finally rejoining Iceman they shoot down four MiGs and force the others to flee, and return triumphantly to Enterprise. Offered any assignment he chooses, Maverick decides to return to Top Gun as an instructor.

The actor also starred as Bruce Wayne in one movie; Batman Forever in 1995. While the film didn't get the highest of praise, fans were always incredibly split about how they felt about Kilmer's portrayal of the character. With only one, very crowded, Batman movie to his name, we never really got the chance to see what Kilmer could truly do with the role.

During the same AMA on Reddit, a fan asked Kilmer if he would be open to portraying Bruce Wayne in another movie. In a possibly surprising response, Kilmer said he would absolutely do it again.

After being asked the question, Kimler simply replied, "love to."

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