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"The Doors" by Oliver Stone (1991), starring Val Kilmer, and the actual Jim Morrison during the "The Young Lion" photoshoot in 1967.

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u/SD_Guy 8d ago

Val absolutely killed this role. No one will ever top it

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u/throwawaylol666666 7d ago

I feel like Val went into this role and never quite came out.

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u/giant_lebowski 7d ago

Until he became a Huckleberry

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u/jfduval76 8d ago

Well, the fact that they are look-a-like helped a lot.

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u/FlavoredCancer 8d ago edited 7d ago

He also did the singing in the movie, so he also sounds like Jim. He was definitely made for the role.

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u/AndrewWaldron 8d ago

There's an old rumor, gone around a long time now, that even Jim's bandmates from The Doors, while filming this movie, often couldn't tell if a vocal track was of Jim or Val. Val was that close on the vocals to confuse the guys who actually wrote and performed with him.

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u/untrustableskeptic 8d ago

Man, it makes it even sadder that the man can't speak anymore. He's an awesome actor.

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u/djfl 7d ago

Wow. I read the first sentence and got a bit perturbed, assuming you must be talking about Jim Morrison. I had no idea Val Kilmer was that unwell...

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u/Ereignis23 7d ago

Jim Morrison also can't speak anymore, coincidentally

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u/MatureUsername69 7d ago

Don't feel perturbed, Jim Morrison is still in the ground. You have nothing to worry about... Nothing.

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u/djfl 7d ago

Spoken like a person with "isn't terrified of being eaten by Zombie Jim Morrison" privilege...

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u/Ok-Lengthiness4557 7d ago

Yup. Watched Top Secret last night and laughed my ass off. I hate that for him, but age comes for us all.

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u/olderaccount 7d ago

but age comes for us all.

It does. But he is only 62. His main problem is not age, it is throat cancer.

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u/snakeiiiiiis 7d ago

And ignoring that he had throat cancer it seems like to me

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u/olderaccount 7d ago

I'm not sure if he ignored it medically. He certainly tried his best to keep it away from the public.

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u/manbearpig923 7d ago

That and Real Genius are some of my favorites of Kilmer’s.

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u/Whatachooch 7d ago

Loved him in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang too.

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u/Confident-Lettuce846 7d ago

No one mentioning Willow I notice 🤣

It’s my guilty pleasure

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u/SchtroumpfButeur 7d ago

Nobody else seemed to like The Saint as much as I did

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u/RichardInaTreeFort 7d ago

And Heat… kiss kiss was fantastic though.

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u/swinging-in-the-rain 7d ago

Salton Sea is a relatively unknown gem

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u/timeiscoming 7d ago

D’Onofrio as pooh bear is so awesome and the badger scene wow

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u/swinging-in-the-rain 7d ago

D’Onofrio

He crushes the really dark roles. FMJ, The Cell, and definitely as pooh bear.

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u/dancin-weasel 7d ago

Tombstone is one of the best performances by an actor in any movie. He absolutely stole that show. Every line was amazing.

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u/TroyMcClures 7d ago

"You're so drunk, you can't hit nothin'. In fact, you're probably seeing double."

"I have two guns, one for each of ya."

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u/Zomburai 7d ago

"Doc, you oughtta be in bed. What the Hell you doin' this for anyway?"

"Wyatt Earp is my friend."

"Hell, I got lotsa friends."

"I don't."

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u/trimbandit 7d ago

Real Genius is definitely in my top 10 80s movies

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u/LeukemiaSkywalker51 7d ago

Kent, you know you're not supposed to park that on campus.

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u/ATXBeermaker 7d ago

And stop touching yourself!

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u/BigAlternative5 7d ago

He sang in that movie as well. Neek Reevers!

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u/GenericUsername_1234 7d ago

Nick? What does that mean?

Oh, nothing. My dad thought of it while he was shaving.

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u/Whateveryousaydude7 7d ago

Love Top Secret!! And Val. Wish him well.

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u/section111 7d ago

IT'S TIME TO LET GO

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u/KGB44 7d ago

I didn't expect to get teary eyed 3 different times during that movie

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u/section111 7d ago

Haha, I fully did! But that scene in the Admiral's office I was like, physically buzzing the entire time. They just did it so well.

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u/Bill_buttlicker69 7d ago

It really felt like we were watching Tom and Val in that scene, not Mav and Ice.

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u/swinging-in-the-rain 7d ago

Fortunately, his amazing work will last forever.

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u/OldWhoFan 7d ago

another rumor is that after shooting the film he was so into the Jim Morrison character that he had to go to some kind of rehab or therapy center to deprogram himself from being Jim Morrison.

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u/AndrewWaldron 7d ago

That wouldn't surprise me. Same thing apparently happened with Jim Carry after he did Man on the Moon.

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u/PooleyX 7d ago

That's not a rumour. I've got a recording of John Densmore saying exactly that in a radio interview.

Personally I think it was probably a bit of hype while doing the rounds promoting the movie. He definitely sounds great but not so indistinguishable that you couldn't tell - particularly as a bandmate.

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u/adventure_in_gnarnia 7d ago

TBF Jim was an inconsistent performer. he could be all over the place depending on how fucked up he was that day

Morrisons vocal style is easy to emulate for most male vocalists. He doesn’t have a very large range, combined with almost exaggerated vocal mannerisms, kinda similar to mick jagger…impressions are immediately recognizable . IMO it’s only when he “lets loose” and starts the howling/screaming where it gets really difficult to emulate

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u/DeaconBlues 7d ago

Yeah I remember seeing an interview where they said Val had been learning all the Doors vocals and sent them a tape with multiple songs and asked if they could tell which vocal track was his and which were Jim's and they couldn't. Except all of the recordings were him.

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u/TheConcreteBrunette 7d ago

Amazing! How did I not know that? I was 19ish when this came out and couldn’t get enough of this movie or Val as Jim. I’m a big Val Kilmer nerd as it is but there was something special about this film in particular. Not just how gorgeous he is but the film itself. Great memories. Time for a rewatch!!

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u/oldschoolthepodcast 7d ago

*role, unless we’re referring to his buns

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u/sprocketous 7d ago

60's culture muffin

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u/FlavoredCancer 7d ago

I'm lucky I can spell my name right. I will fix that.

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u/mtown4ever 7d ago

Jason Patric was also considered for the role.

If you have seen The Lost Boys when they're in the cave where Kiefer Sutherland and the other vampires live, there is a huge Jim Morrison poster. When Patric is in the cave juxtaposed with that poster, you can see how much they look alike.

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u/inayinzerwonderland 7d ago

That's funny because when they cast Kilmer I thought it should have been Patric because of how much he resembled him and I thought of The Lost Boys cave scene specifically!

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u/trimbandit 7d ago

Lost Boys era JP would have been a great JM. I remember having several discussions with friends about this at the time the doors movie came out.

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u/kevnmartin 7d ago

I wanted Val for Lestat In Interview With The Vampire. Cruise did alright but that era Val would have been amazing.

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u/Cosmicdusterian 7d ago

Hadn't considered that, but yes, Val would have owned that role. Kilmer has a natural ability to tap into a complex mix of charisma that spills from the screen. He has a depth and range that Cruise doesn't. At least for me.

Cruise is a fine actor, but he acts. Val transforms. Val as Lestat would have been really something.

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u/Joebot2001 7d ago

In this small clip it looks like they look really similar but the way Val is acting and posing doesn't seem to match the expressions on Jim's face in the pictures. Jim almost looks like he doesn't care at all about any of it and Val look like he's trying to hard?

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u/freewiffy 7d ago

Morrison was blackout drunk during the photo session. He fell over immediately after the famous arms-out pose.

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u/SD_Guy 8d ago

Val is better looking imo

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u/eatingganesha 7d ago

He killed every role. Tombstone? Killed it. Top Secret? Killed it. Every genre? Killed it.

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u/beatles910 7d ago

Real Genius. Killed it.

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u/peripheral77 8d ago

Doc Holiday and Jim Morrison, two of Val's finest portrayals.

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u/AnnaFlaxxis 8d ago

Couldn't agree more!! His documentary "Val" is really touching and shows what an amazing trained actor he is.

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u/LardLad00 7d ago

He tried to pick up a friend of mine who was working as a waitress in some resort in like 2003. I'll always have that connection with him.

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u/starstarstar42 7d ago edited 7d ago Ally

I'm shocked he only tried. He was still healthy and in great shape in '03, I'm sure he could have easily lifted her.

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u/LardLad00 7d ago

Yeah I don't remember the full story but she made it sound like the circumstances were not impressive. Like he propositioned a whole group of waitstaff at once or something and it didn't come across well at all. She didn't speak highly of the encounter.

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u/Govt-Issue-SexRobot 7d ago

“Gather round, gather round everyone. I have an announcement.“

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u/Griffin_da_Great 7d ago

"Hear ye, hear ye! This dick be open for business! Step right up!"

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u/ShiveYarbles 7d ago

"I have something to share!"

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u/blacklab 7d ago

Like “let’s all go have an orgy?” WTF

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u/LardLad00 7d ago

Yeah like "hey any of you ladies want to come back to my room?" sort of thing.

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u/StrokeGameHusky 7d ago

In his defense it probably worked a few times, and maybe with a few in that line up, just not the person you know lol

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u/LardLad00 7d ago

Oh yeah I mean if I was young val kilmer I'm doing that everywhere I go

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u/bmxtiger 7d ago

Never hurts to ask

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u/dickwagstaff 7d ago

Yeah and what was really weird was that he sang it do the tune of "Let's All Go to the Lobby"

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u/snooggums 7d ago

Not all waitresses are an easy lift.

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u/TheAppleTheif 7d ago

I don’t think they were saying anything about waitresses being easy. More saying wow who (regardless of their profession) could say no to Val in his prime?!

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u/AssBeast 7d ago

I thought they were saying the waitress was fat.

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u/grahamkrenz 8d ago edited 7d ago

Gay Perry in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is my favorite

"Look up idiot in dictionary, you know what you'll find?"

"A picture of me?"

"No, the definition of idiot, which you fucking are!"

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u/celesticaxxz 7d ago

“Oh good there’s a gun in there. I thought it was something gay guys can do”

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u/calilac 7d ago

Space monkey stole my ficus

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u/grahamkrenz 7d ago

God I love that movie.

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u/wormwoodscrub 7d ago

"who taught you grammar?"

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u/lowercase_underscore 7d ago

I absolutely loved Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, he's definitely one of the key reasons why.

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u/johnnyutah30 8d ago

Don’t forget him in Heat

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u/DethNaRoK 7d ago

MacGruber is his shining role and you can't tell me otherwise. "I'm not a retard who kills his own dudes!"

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u/moneyparty 7d ago

Fuck you, Cunth!

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u/ninja_cloudz 8d ago

Real Genius

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u/DanimaLecter 7d ago

Oscar snub

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u/T_Rex1357 7d ago

Top secret

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u/jperezny 7d ago

He was good in The Saint too... liked all of his disguises!

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u/W__O__P__R 7d ago

The Saint is so tongue in cheek. There's a lot of silliness to that movie that's under appreciated. It's a great film!

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u/JoDFostar 8d ago

Top Secret!

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u/Oldpenguinhunter 8d ago

Oh, and Real Genius!

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u/mrtambourineman315 7d ago

Madmartigan will always be my favorite. Such a fun character.

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u/toomanymarbles83 8d ago

Chris Knight would like a word.

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u/JerryHathaway 7d ago

It's a moral imperative!

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u/AngriestBeaver 7d ago

Batman Forever : "Am I a joke to you?"

🎶Baby! I compare you to kiss from a rose on the grey🎶

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u/Chombus 7d ago

Im your huckleberry

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u/layonafrito 7d ago

Val killed this role but the movie was really inaccurate. Ray manzareck had a lot to say about the movie...and oliver stone

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u/dirt_mcgirt4 7d ago

Yeah the music industry learned a lesson on biopics after this. The movies after this go much, much easier on the bands and make them the hero of the story. Jim is such a baffoon in this movie.

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u/SophiaofPrussia 7d ago

I can’t believe I had to scroll so far down to see a comment like this. Oliver Stone is a hack who makes fictional movies that he very convincingly tries to present as fact.

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u/layonafrito 7d ago

Was a huge doors fan in highschool. I saw this movie first before I really knew anything about jim Morrison. After reading pretty much everything about them I came to that same conclusion. Stone is a hack. Ray manzarek has a whole chapter bashing him in his book. I saw ray live and he did a q and a after. Had some strong words for oliver stone.

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u/Mr-IT-Guy 7d ago

Agreed. He did the same with JFK.

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u/2boredtocare 8d ago

Heh. Saw this in the theater with my ex. There were two long-haired fellows sitting a couple rows in front of us. Halfway through the movie, one gets up, leaves for a few minutes, comes back, looks around and sits in the row behind his buddy. We though it was a little weird. An hour or so passes, and the friend looks back, and in a loud whisper says "dude! dude! I'm right here." Guy gets up, joins his friend, and stays there for the remainder of the film.

This was a matinee on a weekday, and literally it was just us and them in the theater.

Been over 25 years and I still remember those fools. lol

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u/alaphic 8d ago

I wanna buy some drugs from those guys.

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u/gishnon 7d ago

They don't have any left.

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u/meauxfaux 7d ago

Naw man, Dave’s not here.

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u/nolan_void 7d ago

We saw it opening night and about a quarter into the movie, some dude got up and threw his drink at the movie screen and stomped outta the theater.

Our guess was that Val’s acting bewitched him and that the throwing of the soda was dudes attempt to cancel the bewitchment.

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u/2boredtocare 7d ago

Ha! People are so weird. Wonder what they'd think if we knew we remembered them all these years later?

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u/tgw1986 7d ago

People are so weird.

Real missed opportunity to say "People are strange" here

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u/2boredtocare 7d ago

Dammit.

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u/moeburn 7d ago

Once when I went to see Hitman (the second shitty one without Timothy Olyphant) I went out to use the bathroom, and I saw these two kids arguing with the usher about some 18A movie or something.

I go back into the theater, take my seat, and a couple minutes later those kids and the usher come in. They're like 12 or 14 or something. And the older of the two is just standing there, craning his neck, looking around, while the usher stands there with his arms crossed.

Took me a minute but I figured out what was going on. "Hey buddy, it's me, over here!" I waved at him. And the kid pointed at me and he's like "oh THERE'S my uncle!", Usher gave this "I don't get paid enough for this shit" look on his face and left, and the kid came up and thanked me, then sat somewhere else with his bud.

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u/2boredtocare 7d ago

That's awesome!

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u/burtoncummings 7d ago

Contributing to the delinquency of youth without risking yourself (as you would by purchasing cigarettes or alcohol for them).

Hero move!

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u/moeburn 7d ago

It was Hitman, they'll be fine.

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u/TwoSpaceJunkies 7d ago

That happened to me when I was a kid, I went with my dad but I had to take a leak, when I came back I couldn't find him, it was dark so I sat close from where I thought we were before. There was a guy like 2 seats away from me eating popcorn, I was afraid to get closer to see if it was him so I watched the entire movie from there. The guy was my dad. I watched the movie but missed the popcorn.

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u/2boredtocare 7d ago

...did your dad ever ask why you refused to sit with him? I can imagine my kids doing this and just thinking "well, I obviously pissed them off somehow."

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u/TwoSpaceJunkies 7d ago

I don't remember what happened next, but knowing him I'm pretty sure he knew what was happening and he decided to prank my dumb ass by not even looking at me the entire movie.

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u/techsuppr0t 7d ago

He 100% finessed for the popcorn

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u/Nirvana_bob7 7d ago

Definitely something I’d do on edibles or acid.

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u/Brambletail 8d ago

The 90s are not old school and I refuse to accept I'm old

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u/wanson 7d ago

This movie was made 24 years after this Jim Morrison photoshoot.

A movie made today with a similar time gap could be about the Back Street Boys or The Spice Girls.

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u/detgorren1989 8d ago

Val Kilmer is pure presence. Doc Holliday, Iceman, Heat he takes a scene

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u/YHZ 7d ago

Dont forget Cunth.

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u/lizard_king0000 8d ago

It is pretty amazing how much Val looked like Jim

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u/poppyseed134 8d ago

Morrison would actually go on to resent this photo shoot and everything he represented in his earlier years of fame. His character arch is fascinating and worth reading about or listening to. There’s an old interview on YouTube by Rolling Stone with him or the book “friends gathered together” by frank lisciandro.

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u/Lil_Mafk 8d ago

I’d be willing to bet all the acid dissolving his ego had something to do with it.

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u/dimestoredavinci 8d ago

I read a Janis Joplin bio that talked about how she thought he was kind of a tool and spoke pretty publicly about it. I wonder if that had any impact on this

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u/muckduck69420 7d ago

Him screaming and pulling her hair at a bar probably didn’t help her opinion of him.

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u/Chili_Paste 7d ago

She cracked him in the head with a bottle of southern comfort. Don't fuck with Janis.

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u/daschle04 8d ago

There's a book I read in high school about Morrison called Noone Here Gets Out Alive that really made me like him despite his narcissism.

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u/Tracyannk28 8d ago

We had to read this in senior year I think! Good book!

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u/W__O__P__R 7d ago

Not knocking your education or Morrison, but I believe I read somewhere that the band members hate that book for being completely bullshit. Not sure where I read that.

I'd say Robbie and Ray's biographies are probably closer to the bone in terms of accurately representing Jim's life.

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u/LeptonField 7d ago

As someone who knows nothing much about Morrison could you say why he went on to resent this?

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u/davewtameloncamp 7d ago

Similar to Cobain, they became what they hated. All the introspection of psychedelics and heavy drugs that once made you invincible, now whispers that you are worthless.

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u/FragileTwo 7d ago

As someone who has changed for the better over the years, I suspect that "regret" might be the better word choice there. Apparently he was a drunken buffoon during this shoot and those photos became ubiquitous, defining how the world saw him. However good he may have looked in them, they always reminded him of a side of himself he didn't like.

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u/AF2005 8d ago

Val tapped into something, he became Morrison. Why he didn’t get any kind of award just for the fact that he SANG all of the songs is baffling.

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u/kurobayashi 7d ago

He got asked to tour with the band and while that might not have the world recognition of an award, I think recognition from the people closest to him isn't too bad a substitute.

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u/UpYourFidelity 7d ago

Theres videos on youtube of Ian Astbury performing with the doors and he is incredible

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u/texrygo 7d ago

In todays Hollywood, he would have won the oscar. Feels like a more recent trend that every other year the winner is someone doing the best impersonation of a famous figure.

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u/turdferguson3891 7d ago

The problem the movie itself wasn't that good. Val was the best part of it. And Oliver Stone had JFK out the same year so all his Academy Award nominations went that way. They rarely like to have multiple movies by the same director competing with each other.

Also that was the same year Silence of the Lambs came out and it took most of the major awards including Best Actor for Anthony Hopkins. Val was good but he wasn't Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter good.

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u/Awesomekip 7d ago

Val Kilmer 'auditioned' for the role by giving Oliver Stone a cassette. Kilmer told him that some songs were Jim singing, and some were Kilmer (who had been in a Doors coverband). Stone, who knew Morrison, listened to the tape and and said which ones he thought were Morrisons, and which ones were Kilmer - they were all Val Kilmer. In the move, the far shots are Morrison dubbed, but the close ups of Kilmer singing, are really him singing.

When Ray Manzarek first saw Val Kilmer in full costume, he recalled thinking "My God, I don't remember him being that tall"

Deserved an Oscar nomination for that film.

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u/zggystardust71 8d ago

Kilmer was great as Morrison but overall I was disappointed with the movie. I think it could have been so much better.

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u/naliedel 8d ago

As a huge fan of, The Doors," I agree.

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u/[deleted] 7d ago

no band bio-pic ever really does justice

you cant distill all of that energy into 2 hours

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u/SHIZA-GOTDANGMONELLI 7d ago

"This Is Spinal Tap" would like a word

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u/Sadistic_Carpet_Tack 7d ago

I think the movie Control about Ian Curtis is quite good

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u/scarletantonia27 8d ago

My sister was working on a salon in Studio City when Val came in to get his hair done for this role. She told me Val Kilmer wasn't there but Jim Morrison was. He was already in character.

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u/BillionExplodingSuns 8d ago

Chuck Klostermann has an incredible interview with Val Kilmer regarding how he gets in character for roles. He’s the real Kirk Lazarus.

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u/FuckItBe 7d ago

Man he don't leave character until the dvd commentary

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u/PitViper17 8d ago

Michael Biehn famously once said he never met Val Kilmer, only Doc Holliday

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u/UltravioIence 8d ago

Val doesnt get enough credit when method actors are brought up. It's always daniel day Lewis, Joaquin Phoenix, Christian bale and Jared Leto.

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u/MichaelScottWeiland 7d ago

Believe me, no one’s giving Jared Leto any sort of positive credit

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u/Catworldullus 7d ago

I’ll morb to that!

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u/UltravioIence 7d ago

I liked him in Requiem for a Dream...

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u/NBAccount 7d ago

It isn't about his acting, which is...fine; it is about his atrocious behavior while "in character".

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u/zeno0771 7d ago

Ironic that Kilmer would be the one to play the title character in "The Saint".

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u/AldermanMcCheese 7d ago

One of these is not like the others

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u/W__O__P__R 7d ago

"Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts" - Jim Morrison

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u/redditshy 7d ago

Why would he not be getting his hair done at the studio, by the studio hair people?

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u/scarletantonia27 7d ago

IDK. All I know is that she came home elated because she met Val Kilmer/Jim Morrison. A lot of famous actors went to the Studio City salon where she worked. JoBeth Williams actually started coloring her hair red after meeting my sister who's a natural red head. Like, she couldn't stop talking about how much she loved my sister's hair. Next time we saw her, she was also a red head.

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u/moonbeanie 7d ago

I have a friend who's wife was on the Leno show. I asked if there was something about the experience that was surprising to him and he said "She loved the hair dresser. She said she had stories about pretty much everybody famous".

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u/singlewall 8d ago

To this day, when I think of Jim Morrison I'm pretty sure its Val Kilmer's picture in my head. I watched The Doors so often that the real Jim looks "wrong" to me.

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u/LongjumpingCheck2638 8d ago

Fantastic movie and Val was 100% spot on JM. Might re-watch it this weekend with some Jack Daniels and a doobie

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u/scarletantonia27 8d ago

What a fantastic idea. Might have to join you

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u/Bigbillbroonzy 8d ago

I'll come over too.

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u/Rocjames77 8d ago

This was one of my favorite movies growing up

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u/FunkyChromeMedina 7d ago

Watch the self-documentary he did last year, and he talks about doing this role. Apparently, he went so deep into it for months on end that it destroyed his marriage.

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u/RealMudflapper 7d ago

Val Kilmer killed that role so hard that when I picture Jim Morrison in my head I picture Val Kilmer’s Jim Morrison.

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u/TakeoGaming 7d ago

Only person to rival his performance as a rock star is Gary Oldman as Sid Vicious imo

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u/Wpbdan 7d ago

I swear Gary Oldman has the ability to rearrange his DNA for any role. His acting skills are on another level.

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u/PointFingerWink 7d ago

You can tell it’s Gary Oldman because you can’t tell it’s Gary Oldman

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u/Akumetsu33 7d ago

What if you could tell it's Gary Oldman from the start, does that mean he isn't Gary Oldman?

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u/FragileTwo 7d ago

Yes.

Sid Vicious, Det. Stansfield, Drexl, Dracula, Det. Gordon... all roles he played for movie cameras. Gary Oldman is the role he plays for talk show and security cameras.

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u/W__O__P__R 7d ago

Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash is right fucking up there too mate. Not gonna lie, Phoenix and Witherspoon were amazing!

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u/maxreverb 7d ago

Who is going to play Mick Jagger?

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u/donniedarkofan 7d ago

At this rate, Mick Jagger

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u/slayer991 8d ago

I've said this is my 2nd favorite Val Kilmer role (Doc Holliday in Tombstone is my favorite). The Doors movie wasn't great but Val Kilmer became Jim Morrison. He totally killed it.

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u/ebjoker4 7d ago

He was literally perfect in Tombstone.

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u/QuestionMarkyMark 8d ago

Kilmer was incredible in this role

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u/Chk1975 7d ago

Do we really need a 3,5 hour movie about the doors? I don’t fucking think so! I can sum it up for you in 5 seconds: I am drunk I am nobody i am drunk I am famous I am drunk I am dead

(Old geezers like me will know who this is from)

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u/Rooostyfitalll 7d ago edited 7d ago

Anyone else bothered by the fact “The Doors” came out 31 years ago which was only 20 years after Morrisons death? I am 😳

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u/alohafer 7d ago

Some real Zoolander vibes.

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u/genflugan 7d ago

All I see is Jon Heder trying to be fake sexy

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u/BarefootUnicorn 7d ago

I wonder if Jim Morrison didn't die young, would he look like Val Kilmer does now?

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u/TheFox30 7d ago

"Val" very interesting movie, very sad and eye opening,

no matter how successful , how much money you have, your health is fucking everything you have.
Don't ruin it by smoking and drinking

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u/mitchkramer 7d ago

I can only imagine how insufferable he was on this set.

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u/thisisnotdetroit 7d ago

I watched this movie high as shit in college and it was like an out of body experience

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u/1911mark 7d ago

One of the best actors of our time! I’m your huckleberry

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u/dwntwn_drty_brwn 7d ago

Val is worth a watch on Amazon Prime. He truly is one of the greatest actors that gave too much of himself to the roles, I don’t think he gets enough credit! Really sad that he lost his voice right as he was making a comeback with Citizen Twain.

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u/nysflyboy 7d ago

Saw this movie back in college, back when they had movie night at the gym (for real) and projected it onto a big scree while we all (drunk college kids) sat in the bleachers. (See what we had to do back before internet kids? We did not even have cable TV there!).

Anyway, the projectionist was from a nearby town, and brought the movie and lens. But he grabbed the wrong (non-anomorphic) lens, when the movie was widescreen. So we saw the first two reels in "skinnyvision" while he ran back to get the correct lens. Then he showed the whole thing again in "regular-vision". It was a weird experience (esp. being tipsy) when he switched back...

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u/Auntie_Venom 7d ago

❤️❤️❤️SWOON❤️❤️❤️

(both Jim Morrison & Val Kilmer)

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u/Crafty-Independent20 7d ago

Best method actor in my opinion *

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u/bokodasu 7d ago

When I went to see this, the film got caught in something and eventually did that burn up/breaking thing that gets used as an effect so often that everyone in the theater 100% believed that that was part of the movie. (We figured it out when the house lights came up.)

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u/reb678 7d ago

I saw this movie in the theater when it came out. Afterwards I felt stoned even though I wasn’t. It was a great movie.

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u/T1S9A2R6 7d ago

I was pretty young when the Doors movie came out and I wasn’t all that familiar with the band or Jim Morrison himself, not well enough to pick him out of a lineup anyway.

That movie and the marketing (posters etc.) was everywhere at the time. To this day, when I see photos/footage of Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison, my mind needs a couple seconds to confirm that’s not historic photos/footage of the actual Jim Morrison. Very weird.

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u/seathian 7d ago

He was literally born for this role