On Tuesday night, L.A.-born actor Kilmer posted on Facebook a 438-word disavowal that he has cancer.
USA Today gave the backstory: “During a question-and-answer session in London earlier this week, Douglas claimed that Kilmer was suffering from the same form of throat cancer that he himself battled in 2010.
“Val was a wonderful guy who is dealing with exactly what I had, and things don’t look too good for him,” Douglas said of his co-star from the 1996 film The Ghost and the Darkness. “My prayers are with him. That’s why you haven’t heard too much from Val lately.”
But Kilmer, who graduated from Chatsworth High School, offered a correction:
“I asked him for a referral for a specialist to get a diagnosis for a lump in my throat,” Kilmer said, “which prevented me from continuing a tour of my play Citizen Twain. I ended up using a team at UCLA and have no cancer whatsoever. I still have a swollen tongue and am rehabbing steadily.”
But USA Today noted: “The tense he used may be telling. Kilmer says he has no cancer; he does not say he never had it.”
“Some fans have mistakenly thought my silence about my personal issues meant that somehow I wasn’t being responsible to my health, because of my reliance on prayer and love [as a Christian Scientist],” Kilmer wrote. “Nothing could be further from the truth.”