Despite Michael Douglas’ claim about his “Ghost and the Darkness” costar, Val Kilmer denied that he is battling oral cancer in a statement posted on Facebook Tuesday night.
“I love Michael Douglas but he is misinformed,” the note begins. Kilmer went on to write that he and Douglas last spoke “almost two years ago when I asked him for a referral for a specialist to get a diagnosis for a lump in my throat.”
The actor wrote that he has “no cancer whatsoever.”
Kilmer’s statement follows comments that Douglas made during a Q&A in London. “Val was a wonderful guy who is dealing with exactly what I had, and things don’t look too good for him,” Douglas said referring to when he was diagnosed with stage 4 oral cancer in 2010. “My prayers are with him,” Douglas said. “That’s why you haven’t heard too much from Val lately.”
Kilmer wrote in his post Tuesday that, “Some fans have mistakenly thought my silence about my personal issues meant that somehow I wasn’t being responsible to my health,” alluding to his dedication to Christian Science which, although the church has no mandate, is stereotypically known for being averse to medical science. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” Kilmer stated. “Altho I am very grateful for all the support from around the world, when people found out I had a physical challenge. I hope this puts to rest any further concerns about my health.”
The actor also wrote that he has no hard feelings for Douglas: “He’s a loving and devoted friend to a privileged group of talent people around the world, and I’m sure he meant no harm.”