The actor’s daughter is “really proud to have been involved in a movie that has a disabled lead actor.” Val Kilmer is back in action in the heist thriller “Paydirt”, which sees him sharing the screen with his real-life daughter Mercedes Kilmer in his first feature film. The film is also one of his first since undergoing a tracheostomy, following a battle with throat cancer. And, if Mercedes is successful, she’s hoping her appearance in the film will bring about a “shift in the entertainment industry” when it comes to actors with disabilities. The 28-year-old said it was “difficult” to work with her father on the project, “because he has this disability and it really revealed the kind of tightness of my training. “ “In fact, really understanding how little training I had to work with disabled actors and how appalling it is as an artist, that challenged me,” she continued. . “My father had to get around his speech by creatively using his other senses and using other channels of communication, which is very fascinating as an actor. “ “Hiring more disabled actors only livens up the work and inspires more different types of communication,” Mercedes added. “And I’m really, really proud to have been a part of this movie for my personal reasons of working with my dad and everything that we just talked about, but I’m also very proud to have been involved in a movie that has a main actor with disabilities. And I hope it’s like announcing a bigger change in the entertainment industry. “ In the film, Kilmer’s lines were dubbed with a voiceover actor. He recently told GMA that despite what he actually sounds like, he’s “doing really well” – and even teased his appearance in the upcoming “Top Gun” sequel. “I think because he’s so well known it will open more doors for other lesser known actors who have different abilities to be able to be hired,” Mercedes said. “I think it’s really monumental actually and I’m really, really so proud to have been involved. “ Another “interesting” challenge for Mercedes is to also play her father’s on-screen daughter. The 28-year-old actress – who is Kilmer’s daughter with “Willow” costar and ex-wife Joanne Whalley – admitted that she “tried very hard to distance me from my parents” and their jobs for decades. years, but this project “gave me a challenge to really expand and threaten the value system that I had created for myself. “ “It was a really interesting, exciting and fun project for me to try to take this character so close to me,” she explained. “And I imagine that was true for my father too, because he never played with his child. So for both of us, it was really fun in a creative way. And then for the filmmakers, I think it gave that deeper subtext to the storyline that animated it and all around we all thought it was a really cool idea. “ Although she has always been drawn to the actress, Kilmer said neither of her parents pushed their advice or comments on her or her actor brother Jack, in the hopes that they could forge a path. “I think my parents did a really good job allowing my brother and me to have our own acting experience and our own development,” she explained. Although she found it “frustrating” when she was younger, she has come to appreciate the approach.
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“Now that I have my own sense of my work, I am now able to really, as an individual artist, seek their advice,” she said. “They didn’t really mold me in any way, which I think is great. “ Going forward, Kilmer would love to star in a noir or a western, adding that she loved delving into a project’s history and studying the “physicality of people in another era.” She also did sideways astrology readings. “I have been doing it informally for a few years and this year I started working on it formally and taking clients on a professional basis and the pandemic really helped me to have a lot of time”, a- she declared. “I love astrology and focus on a more historical research base. I do holistic astrology, which is exactly what the ancient Greeks did, which I think is a really forgotten system of uniting symbolism and timekeeping and it’s not really like Woo woo, as magical as it sounds. “ While she said ‘everyone’ asks her for readings, there is one person who is not so curious “Not my dad, my dad is like, ‘I don’t want to hear about this.’ “ “Paydirt” will be released in select theaters, on VOD and digital HD on August 7th.
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