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Where Do These People Come From?

The arrogance of “art” or the artist, if you prefer.

Val Kilmer is thinking about running for governor of New Mexico. Says Kilmer:

He told The Hill at Monday’s Huffington Post party at the Newseum that he has been approached to run for the highest office of the state where he owns a ranch and has family roots.

“Actually, they’ve asked me to run for governor,” he said, not specifying who “they” are. “People seem to want me to.”

I bet I can name one group who doesn’t want you.

Veterans. Specifically, Vietnam veterans.

Why you may ask?

Read this from an interview in Esquire where the interviewer is asking Kilmer how he relates to the characters he plays:

[Klosterman]: You mean you think you literally had the same experience as Doc Holliday?

Kilmer: Oh, sure. It’s not like I believed that I shot somebody, but I absolutely know what it feels like to pull the trigger and take someone’s life.

[Klosterman:] You understand how it feels to shoot someone as much as a person who has actually committed a murder?

[Kilmer] I understand it more. It’s an actor’s job. A guy who’s lived through the horror of Vietnam has not spent his life preparing his mind for it. He’s some punk. Most guys were borderline criminal or poor, and that’s why they got sent to Vietnam. It was all the poor, wretched kids who got beat up by their dads, guys who didn’t get on the football team, couldn’t finagle a scholarship. They didn’t have the emotional equipment to handle that experience. But this is what an actor trains to do. I can more effectively represent that kid in Vietnam than a guy who was there.

Pompous ignorance. And the absolute certainty this poseur displays is laughable. He knows “absolutely” what it feels like to pull the trigger and take someone’s life” although he’s absolutely never done it.

And he “understands it more” than a combat veteran what it is like to have been in combat.

He crowns his burst of ignorance with a stereotypical but untrue characterization of a group he obviously knows nothing about. The disrespect he displays is both disgusting and inexcusable.

Let’s see, he played a fighter pilot once, didn’t he? Well let’s plop his rear-end in an Airbus A320 over the Hudson River at about 2500 feet, kill both engines and see if he can “effectively represent” former fighter pilot Sully Sullenburger, shall we?

Piece of cake, right?

Whatever happened to actors like Henry Fonda who when given an Oscar I believe, said, and I paraphrase, “I don’t know what all the fuss is about. I just pretend to be someone who really did something”.

That’s you, Kilmer!

New Mexicans, I love you, but if you ever elect this trumped up fraud to the governor’s office, I can promise you I will never, ever again step foot in NM for the rest of my natural life. And I’ll do everything I can to persuade others never to do so either. In fact, for all I’ll care, La Raza can have you.

Signed: Some poor borderline criminal punk who volunteered to go to Vietnam.

[There, I feel better.]


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18 Responses to Where Do These People Come From?

  • No, really McQ.  Don’t sugar coat it.  How do you really feel about this guy?

  • “Vote for Val! He’s our huckleberry!”

    “Vote for   Val! You’re a daisy if you do!”

    (For you TOMBSTONE fans.)

    • Those are some great lines! I don’t really like Val, but he did do a great job in Tombstone IMO.

  • Wow…  That vein on your forehead really does become noticeable…  🙂

  • Just a botched joke, I’m sure.

  • And the heck of it is, he’s a pretty good actor. If only he could be content with that, as Fonda was.

    Instead he degrades himself by allowing his acting to seep outside the soundstage, and pretend he is something in real life that he’s not. He thereby makes it harder for many of us to enjoy his performances, because we’re always thinking what an obnoxious poseur he is.

  • Some poor borderline criminal punk who volunteered to go to Vietnam.

    Don’t be so hard on yourself, Bruce. Your a top-notch criminal punk in my estimation 😉

  • It’s really a shame, too.  New Mexico is such a beautiful state.

  • Kilmer is so yesterday …

    I think because of the extraordinary work done by our troops, and some very good diplomatic work done by Ambassador Crocker in Iraq, we just saw an election in Iraq that went relatively peacefully. And you get a sense that the political system is now functioning in a meaningful way. — POUTS Obama 9-Feb-2009

  • Actors and actresses are the equivalent of trained seals. They say words someone else wrote for them, stand where they’re told and pretend to be who they are not.  Because of this we’re supposed to listen to and agree with everything they say, no matter how idiotic. Sure. I’ll get back to them after I go to Sea World and see what the sea lions want me to do next which, I supposed, has something to do with throwing dead fish.

    Kilmer is pretty good at what he does for a living. But, as Dirty Harry once opined, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” Unfortunately for Val, he really, really doesn’t know his.

  • Has everyone seen the “Gay Top Gun” video?

    Don’t blame me.  I flew F4Es in the USAF.

  • well at least he is not as bad as Al Franken the Toad of the Apocalypse.

  • These days, there are a lot of people in DC & HW that I really don’t like.

    I’m serious about that.

  • Actors and actresses are the equivalent of trained seals.

    I always thought those seals have a lot of personality.