Val Kilmer stylishly covers up remnants of trachea surgery with neckerchief at San Diego screening
Kilmer was seen smiling and beaming before he grabbed some sweets at the screening of 'Cinema Twain' at Theatre Box and Sugar Factory
Val Kilmer was recently seen sporting a neckerchief to mask the signs of his trachea surgery which he had around four years ago. The 59-year-old looked happy and healthy as he stepped out with his now trademark scarf.
The 'Top Gun' star was clicked at a screening of 'Cinema Twain' in San Diego at Theatre Box and Sugar Factory, smiling and beaming as he grabbed a handful of sweets. Kilmer had successfully been able to overcome a two year long battle with throat cancer including some procedures on his trachea which had reduced his "voice to a rasp and rendered him short of breath."
At the event, Kilmer looked relaxed for the screening as his neckerchief still managed to give a glimpse of the breathing apparatus. In 2015, Kilner was seen with what looked like a breathing tool around his neck while he visited a grocery store in Malibu, California. The device was believed to be a tracheostomy tube.
A tracheostomy is a surgical opening which is made in the anterior wall of the trachea in order to aid and faciliate ventilation and the opening is maintained by a tracheostomy tube, according to the UK's National Health Service website.
His appearance at the screening follows his denial in October 2015 that he was battling throat cancer amid rumors and speculation that he was unwell. However, he did admit to an undiclosed procedure which had resulted in a "swelling." At the time, there were reports suggesting that he had been admitted to UCLA's intensive care unit and could "barely speak".
Kilmer took to Facebook to say, "Thank you all for your love and support. There's a rumor I'm unwell again and in hospital which is totally untrue. I was in to verify I have no tumor or infection of any kind which was verified by the very caring experts at UCLA."
It has also been reported that Kilmer will be joining Tom Cruise in the recently confirmed 'Top Gun' sequel where he will be taking on his previous role as Tom 'Iceman' Kazansky. In 2015, he "jumped the topgun" when he shared on Facebook that he had been offered a role in 'Top Gun Maverick'. He revealed, "Offered #topgun2 — not often you get to say 'yes' without reading the script…"
He further added, "This is a long way off so calm down. This has been talked about for a long long time and being offered a role is very different from doing a role. I jumped the gun with my post. I jumped the topgun… an innocent mistake. It was just such a wonderful phone call with my agent." The sequel has been titled 'Top Gun: Maverick' and is filming for a 2020 release.