From drastic weight loss to insane efforts to stay in character, some actors go to great lengths to prepare for a role. But sometimes, a star’s dedication to their art can go too far. And for Val Kilmer, his efforts to portray one of music’s wildest singers almost cost him his sanity.
By any standards, Val Kilmer is an actor of great talents. Since debuting in 1984’s Top Secret!, the star has played iconic characters such as Batman and Elvis, and starred in classics like 1995’s Heat. But while his acting skills are widely praised, Kilmer is probably best known for one thing. And that’s being difficult to work with.
Sadly, reports of Kilmer being demanding have often overshadowed the star’s storied career. For example, director Joel Schumacher – speaking to Entertainment Weekly – branded his leading man “childish and impossible.” This was in 1996, after Kilmer walked away from the Batman franchise a year earlier. Meanwhile, an off-screen argument with Tom Sizemore while filming 2000’s Red Planet reportedly even turned violent.