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In this New York Times best seller, legendary actor and star of the acclaimed documentary Val shares the stories behind his most beloved roles, reminisces about his star-studded career and love life, and reveals the truth behind his recent health struggles in a remarkably candid autobiography.

Val Kilmer has played many iconic roles over his nearly four-decade film career. A table-dancing Cold War agent in Top Secret! A troublemaking science prodigy in Real Genius. A brash fighter pilot in Top Gun. A swashbuckling knight in Willow. A lovelorn bank robber in Heat. A charming master of disguise in The Saint. A wise-cracking detective in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Of course, Batman, Jim Morrison and the sharp-shooting Doc Holliday.

But who is the real Val Kilmer? With I’m Your Huckleberry - published ahead of next summer’s highly anticipated sequel Top Gun: Maverick, in which Kilmer returns to the big screen as Tom “Iceman” Kazansky - the enigmatic actor at last steps out of character and reveals his true self.

In this uniquely assembled memoir - featuring vivid prose, snippets of poetry and rarely-seen photos - Kilmer reflects on his acclaimed career, including becoming the youngest actor ever admitted to the Juilliard School’s famed drama department, determinedly campaigning to win the lead part in The Doors, and realizing a years-long dream of performing a one-man show as his hero Mark Twain. He shares candid stories of working with screen legends Marlon Brando, Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr. and Robert De Niro, and recounts high-profile romances with Cher, Cindy Crawford, Daryl Hannah, and former wife Joanne Whalley. He chronicles his spiritual journey and lifelong belief in Christian Science, and describes travels to far-flung locales such as a scarcely inhabited island in the Indian Ocean where he suffered from delirium and was cared for by the resident tribe. And he reveals details of his recent throat cancer diagnosis and recovery - about which he has disclosed little until now.

While containing plenty of tantalizing celebrity anecdotes, I’m Your Huckleberry - taken from the famous line Kilmer delivers as Holliday in Tombstone - is ultimately a singularly written and deeply moving reflection on mortality and the mysteries of life.

©2020 Val Kilmer (P)2020 Simon & Schuster

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No depth

I wanted to love this book because I have always heard Val Kilmer was one of the weirdest actors in Hollywood and I thought it would be one wild read- it wasn't.
Very little here that you can't find out from a Google search, sorry Val. I wanted to hear real depth about his illness, affairs, etc. but it is very vanilla.

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would've loved a deeper dive into his movie roles

Val Kilmer is a rarity and one of my favorite actors of all time. Loved to hear about his upbringing, but wish he had elaborated much more about his roles. Maybe he just doesnt dwell on those details and moves on, but I was left wanting way more. it was great to hear him kindly acknowledge past loves and those he worked alongside and that you never heard him say an unkind word. Would love to see maybe a fiction novel from him as he has quite the imagination.

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Listen to it!

Val Kilmer has so much depth, knowledge and compassion. He's a master at his acting craft, and this story describes a lot of insight into how he approaches each one of his characters. I love the poetry and philosophy that Kilmer brilliantly weaves throughout this beautifully written memoir. Val Kilmer is a complex man, and he is quick to admit his mistakes in life...so it is not the "look at me I'm great" Hollywood memoir. Nor does Kilmer feel sorry for himself. I'm sad I finished it...each chapter leaves you wanting to learn more from this amazing human!

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Enjoyed Every Minute

What an amazing journey with Val, his life was so full of amazing events and wonders. One of my favorite memoirs.
You won't want to put it down.

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Kiss kiss tell tell

Replete with name dropping and filmography, this book tells a tale of impetuousity gone to seed. A great actor and interpretor of scripts... Yes.... But most of his real life escapades failed to amuse me. Perhaps, as a woman, his chauvinist objectification of women... Left me cold. My generosity in giving three stars is out of my admiration for Doc... Period.

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Little To Gain

As a child of the 1980's, I had always regarded Val Kilmer as being one of the finest actors of my generation, but listening to this flaccid collection of celebrity exploits and ponderous, achingly unoriginal life philosophy made me wonder why I ever thought that. When you actually line up all his movie roles there are no doubt a handful of outstanding performances for which he will be justly remembered -- but far, far more duds and misfires than my selective memory of his career had reminded me when I picked it up.

This book, confusingly narrated by male and female voices from chapter to chapter for which there seems to be no motivation, is more a history of his search of fickle and elusive true love jumping from one passionate-but-fleeting relationship to another, explored without depth or detail; a cursory accounting of his ego driven career from which the highest moment seems to be his rocket to celebrity as the brooding, two-dimensional Ice Man in TOP GUN; and random descriptions of dreams and poetry he finds meaningful.

For my own peace of mind, I am choosing to ignore his one hundred+ forgettable efforts, and give this book three stars in respectful memoriam of the roles in which he truly shined with the light he is all too aware he was blessed with: REAL GENIUS, TOMBSTONE, THE DOORS, HEAT, THE SALTON SEA, and KISS KISS BANG BANG. I'd recommend watching these movies again -- and skip the book.

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Good book! I highly recommend.

I’ve always enjoyed Val’s movies, but I’ve always had a feeling he was probably too much into himself and he had no caring or compassion for regular people. I was surprised how personal he was in sharing his story. His story reflects a person who has dreams and bumpy roads in his life just like all of us. I enjoyed the book and definitely recommend to others!

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Val is as Rich a Character as the Ones He Portrays

An artistic and rich mosaic of a talented life lived bravely, faithfully and without regret. Never stop following your bliss Val.

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I’m in love now :)

Val is a man in every sense of the word ... the man I wish I met in my younger years . He’s honest and grounded and gives us a pretty clear pic of himself and what makes him tick . Wishing him continued good health and good art .

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Meh

Just ok. Kinda interesting but didnt rock my world. No big juicy stories or information.

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