How Val Kilmer's Real Life Influenced by Top Gun: Maverick’s Iceman

Val Edward Kilmer is an American actor. He is well known for starting as  LT Tom "Iceman" Kazanski in Top Gun.

Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer

Val Kilmer played the role of LT Tom "Iceman" Kazansky, one of Top Gun's students and Maverick's rival turned wingman. 

The two ace pilots, Pete "Maverick" Mitchell (Tom Cruise) and Tom "Iceman" Kazansky (Val Kilmer) were against each other in the film.

Kilmer's own life was influenced by an unexpected plot development for his character in "Top Gun: Maverick.".

In the release of the documentary "Val," the actor discussed the real-life health challenges he faced.

In an emotional scene, as Iceman imparts some much-needed wisdom, his words mostly being translated through text on a computer screen, since speaking is extremely painful.

Kilmer has long struggled with throat cancer so he has to make efforts to actually speak out loud to Maverick. 

Kilmer with a damaged ability to speak, a trait that was carried over into "Top Gun: Maverick." and now he is open about his health condition.