Monday, May 16, 2011

Movie Roles Val Kilmer Didn't Want Or Didn't Get (Of The Day)

Turning down or losing parts are common practices in Hollywood, but Valerie here seems to have more than his share of near misses. A reputation for being supremely difficult on the set certainly doesn't help. Damn fine actor, though. Loved him in Tombstone and Real Genius.

Actors who got the parts instead are in parentheses.


Dirty Dancing
Turned down the lead role of Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze).

Batman & Robin
Declined to return as Batman (George Clooney) due to creative differences with Joel Schumacher.

Blue Velvet
Turned down the lead role of Jeffrey (Kyle Maclachlan).

Turned down an unspecified role.

Turned down the part of Robert Philip (Patrick Dempsey).

Fair Game
Turned down the role of Detective Kirkpatrick (William Baldwin).

Turned down the role of McCaffrey (William Baldwin).

Was initially considered to play Terry (Billy Bob Thornton) but backed out due to scheduling conflicts.

Interview with the Vampire
Turned down the role of Louis (Brad Pitt).

Johnny Mnemonic
Dropped out of the lead role (Keanu Reeves) when he was offered the role of Batman in Batman Forever.

A Time to Kill
Turned down the lead role of Jake Brigance (Matt McConaughey).

Turned down the lead role of Nelson (Kiefer Sutherland).

Backed out after being cast as Detective Fanning (Mark Ruffalo).

Crimson Tide
Turned down the lead role of Lt. Commander Ron Hunter (Denzel Washington).

The Outsiders
Turned down the role of Ponyboy (C. Thomas Howell) because of previous commitment.


Before being cast as King Philip, director Oliver Stone considered him for the lead role (Colin Farrell).

Austin Powers In Goldmember
Val Kilmer was rumored to have been offered the cameo as Goldmember at the end of the film (John Travolta).

Full Metal Jacket
Auditioned for role of Pvt. Joker (Matthew Modine).

The Godfather: Part III
Considered to play Vincent Corleone (Andy García).

True Romance
Wanted to play Clarence (Christian Slater), according to director Tony Scott. Kilmer made a cameo appearance in the film instead as Elvis Presley.

Considered for the lead role (William Baldwin).

Considered as a secondary option to play Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara (Benicio Del Toro) if Del Toro were not available.

Auditioned for the part of Elias (Willem Dafoe).

In the Line of Fire
Considered to play Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood).

Indecent Proposal
Considered for the role of David Murphy (Woody Harrelson).

The Insider
Considered to play Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe).

Point Break
Considered to play Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves).

Considered for the role of John Doe (Kevin Spacey)

The Matrix
According to an interview with Matrix composer Don Davis, the studio wanted Brad Pitt or Val Kilmer for the lead role (Keanu Reeves).


  1. "You're a daisy if you do." :)

    Looks like William Baldwin and Keanu Reeves are in a race to see who can beat him out of the most roles.

  2. Tombstone is the best movie... ever.

  3. but not to mention he has one of the worst reputations in Hollywood. He's not exactly a joy to work with.

  4. Yeah, I read that somewhere recently. (cough)

    Also, there's this from Wikipedia: "Joel Schumacher, director of Batman Forever, called [Kilmer] "the most psychologically troubled human being I've ever worked with." John Frankenheimer, director of The Island of Dr. Moreau, said, "There are two things I will never do in my life. I will never climb Mount Everest, and I will never work with Val Kilmer again. There isn't enough money in the world." While promoting The Ghost and the Darkness in France, Michael Douglas bitterly complained about Kilmer's attitude in an interview with Le Parisien. Kevin Jarre, the original director of Tombstone, said that Kilmer once told him, "I have a reputation for being difficult. But only with stupid people."

  5. So "creative differences" means "there isn't enough money in the world to work with Val Kilmer."

    I think Val Kilmer and Christian Bale should do a movie together and see who's left standing. There can be only one. :)

  6. Bale would win. He has the better bat weapons.

  7. Is it just me that thinks he dodged a bullet with about 60% of these:?

  8. Beau Bridges called, he wants his eyebrows back.

  9. HAHAHA! Comment of the week. Identify yourself so that I might praise you.

  10. I am of the opinion that Val Kilmer got SO into his Iceman character in Top Gun that he's since been unable to leave it.

  11. I know....let's have a spelling contest!



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