Movies: Angst Is So Yesterday

Playing tortured souls has not brought Val Kilmer the success he wants. New plan: to make you laugh

Val Kilmer talks in ellipses. He eventually circles back somewhere near his point, but he leaves out all the connective tissue, so you're just sitting there as he looks directly ahead, talking about Tom Hanks and being related to poet Joyce Kilmer and the importance of branding, and you can't help wondering, "Is he really just drinking green tea with honey?"

What follows, to give you an idea, is a typical direct quote without any words omitted--the ellipses just signifying a brief Kilmer breath: "I'm looking to do comedy ... I'm very lucky. I never had to pay dues. I went...

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