Val Kilmer as Mark Twain Will Crush Your Mindgrapes


Uncanny. Perhaps even better than his Jim Morrison or Doc Holliday.

Kilmer tweeted the photo just before midnight on Friday, reminiscing about his one-man show, “Citizen Twain,” which he hopes to make into a film.

The Los Angeles Times has more:

Kilmer said in an interview that the play is a warm-up for a movie he wants to make about the contentious relationship between Twain and Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science. (Kilmer is a lifelong member of the Church of Christ, Scientist.) In the play, Kilmer plays Twain as a ghostly apparition who returns from the dead. The words he speaks are a mix of Kilmer’s own jokey, surreal writing — “Welcome to the Batman Forever Cemetery,” he says by way of introduction — and selections from Twain’s essays, articles and novels. The actor also performs a song or two.

“It’s not a plot-driven play,” Kilmer explained in a recent interview in Santa Monica. “Twain himself sometimes wrote as if from the great beyond. It’s really a character study.”

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