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Val Kilmer’s kids give an update regarding their dad’s battle with cancer ahead documentary release

He is one of the most celebrated Hollywood actors of his generation, with a documentary exploring his life and career coming out this week.

And Val Kilmer‘s children Jack and Mercedes spoke with Extra on Wednesday to give an update on their star father’s health, as he is currently in the midst of recovering from a long battle with throat cancer.

Of the 61-year-old Doors actor, Kilmer‘s daughter Mercedes, 29, said ‘He’s doing well… Still recovering… The recovery process is just as grueling as the actual disease.’ 

Loving children: Val Kilmer‘s children Jack and Mercedes gave an update on Wednesday on their father’s health, as he is currently recovering from a long battle with throat cancer

Son Jack, 26, added, ‘Everyone has been so supportive; it makes me emotional. It’s really beautiful to see people come together.’

The comments came ahead of the premiere of new documentary Val on Friday on Amazon Prime. 

The film examines Kilmer’s life and career and includes a lot of exclusive, never-before-seen footage, mostly taken by Val himself.

Of the 61-year-old Doors actor, Kilmer‘s daughter Mercedes said: 'He’s doing well… Still recovering... The recovery process is just as grueling as the actual disease'; seen here recently on Instagram

Of the 61-year-old Doors actor, Kilmer‘s daughter Mercedes said: ‘He’s doing well… Still recovering… The recovery process is just as grueling as the actual disease’; seen here recently on Instagram

When asked how they feel watching archival home videos of themselves their father, Jack observed, ‘It’s emotional. It’s… it’s really fun.’ Mercedes added that ‘we were cracking up [during] a lot of it.’

In prepping for the retrospective film, the Paydirt actress said that they knew their dad had been recording and saving hours of home video, explaining, ‘We definitely were aware, as we were the subject of a lot of it… most of it. We hadn’t seen a lot of it until this project began and so it was very exciting.’

And as for the project’s inception itself, Mercedes revealed, ‘He’s always had this need to document things… And then my dad got his diagnosis of cancer and they continued filming, and then they realized they have this archive, and that’s how the film this film came about. But my dad’s been making this movie for 50 years.’

As for doc Val's inception itself, Mercedes revealed: 'He’s always had this need to document things… And then my dad got his diagnosis of cancer and they continued filming, and then they realized they have this archive, and that’s how the film this film came about'; seen in 2019

As for doc Val’s inception itself, Mercedes revealed: ‘He’s always had this need to document things… And then my dad got his diagnosis of cancer and they continued filming, and then they realized they have this archive, and that’s how the film this film came about’; seen in 2019

Kilmer shares his children with ex-wife Joanne Whalley, whom he met while working on the 1988 fantasy film Willow.

In January of 2015, Val first dealt with what was believed to be a tumor in his throat, and by December of 2017 it was revealed he had been battling throat cancer. 

The Saint star has undergone multiple tracheotomies and now uses a feeding tube to eat. 

In January of 2015, Val first dealt with what was believed to be a tumor in his throat, and by December of 2017 it was revealed he had been battling throat cancer; seen on Instagram

In January of 2015, Val first dealt with what was believed to be a tumor in his throat, and by December of 2017 it was revealed he had been battling throat cancer; seen on Instagram

In the trailer for the new film, Val is heard saying, ‘I see myself as a sensitive, intelligent human being… but with the soul of a clown.’

Mercedes noted, ‘It reminded me of the Mark Twain quote… My dad did a play about Mark Twain… There’s a quote in the film from Mark Twain where he says there’s no laughter in heaven… He talks about how the laughter comes from the sadness in life and how, like, we can turn the difficult times into something that is elevated [to] comedic, and we can find the joy in life.

‘My dad is very much like a clown that way,’ she continued. ‘He’s always elevating mundane moments of life into this heightened type of theater.’

In the trailer for the new doc, Val says: 'I see myself as a sensitive, intelligent human being... but with the soul of a clown'

In the trailer for the new doc, Val says: ‘I see myself as a sensitive, intelligent human being… but with the soul of a clown’

Jack added affectionately, ‘He’s just a monster of life and he loves life so much… He has to document everything because he can’t be stopped.’

Both Jack and Mercedes attended the premiere of the film in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday night. 

The documentary Val is in theaters now and debuts Friday on Amazon Prime.

Watch now: The documentary is in theaters now and debuts Friday on Amazon Prime

Watch now: The documentary is in theaters now and debuts Friday on Amazon Prime


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