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Becoming What You Pretend to Be

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Check out this photo: now Val Kilmer really does look like Jim Morrison – the fat, bearded one.

Meanwhile, a special edition of the great Willow just came out on DVD, and Kilmer is making friends with his neighbors in New Mexico:

    Kilmer, who has a ranch in the mountains south of Pecos, was asked about living in rural New Mexico in an interview published in a recent edition of Rolling Stone.

    Kilmer told the magazine he carries a gun in his car.

    “I live in the homicide capital of the Southwest,” Kilmer said. “Eighty percent of the people in my county are drunk. So driving home on the highway, especially with kids, it’s (carrying a gun) just a precaution.”

    Kilmer was also asked how he spends his time. After talking about feeding the animals and going to the watering hole, he put on a hick accent and said: “We shoot the automatic weapons at the trespassers and people a different color than us.”

    State Sen. Phil Griego, whose district includes Kilmer’s ranch and who lives nearby, said Friday that if the actor doesn’t like San Miguel County he’s welcome to leave. [AP]

Of course, it depends who you’re talking to:

    John Hendry of the state tourism department said Kilmer actually loves New Mexico and its people.

    “I don’t believe for a minute he meant any of it. I know him and I have a feeling that you had to be there” to understand Kilmer’s perhaps sardonic intent, Hendry said.

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