Val Kilmer dedicates moving post to Tom Cruise after Top Gun: Maverick


Val Kilmer has made a sweet tribute to Top Gun: Maverick pal Tom Cruise on his Instagram page (Picture: REX/YouTube/Paramount)

Val Kilmer has shared a touching message to Tom Cruise after the pair joined forces again in Top Gun: Maverick.

The 62-year-old actor famously played Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazinsky alongside Tom, 59, in the original 1986 movie and reprised the role briefly in the sequel.

On Instagram, Val posted a still from the blockbuster of the moment the two reconnected, captioning it: ’36 years later… I’m still your wingman.’

The heart emoji he added made for an extra dose of cuteness.

Val was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 and after undergoing chemotherapy and a tracheotomy, which saved his life, is now cancer-free but speaks with the use of a voice box.

Iceman, due to an unspecified illness, communicates through a computer in the scene.

Fans were quick to show their appreciation for the post and the scene in the comments. 

On the set of Top Gun

Val and Tom, pictured here in Top Gun in 1986, become household names thanks to the hit film (Picture: Getty Images)

One wrote: ‘The most moving sequence of the film,’ while another said: ‘Your scene with Tom was the highlight! Loved the movie #Iceman.’

Another said they were ‘Crying in nostalgia’ and, honestly, same.

In the scene, Iceman convinces Tom’s character Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell to come out of retirement to help to prepare the recruits for a mission.

Iceman then dies off-screen shortly after.

Tom has previously spoken about the reunion saying about the moment: ‘It was lovely. The whole experience, you know, 36 years to make this film.

‘There were so many moments in making it that were very special, incredibly unique. [Kilmer] is an actor that I greatly admire, so it was wonderful.’

Val Kilmer as Iceman in Top Gun: Maverick Grab taken from trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giXco2jaZ_4

Val in his cameo as ‘Iceman’ in 2022’s Top Gun: Maverick (Picture: Paramount)

Val also talked about his ‘very moving with the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday.

He said: ‘Tom and I get along really well. We giggled like little kids in school between takes. I consider him a real friend. We shared intimate stories and challenges about our different lifestyles.’

‘We talked quite a bit about what was best for the story and I think they got it right at the end,’ he added.

‘We are in touch and exchange Xmas gifts every year.’

The original action film, which has broken records by outperforming expectations at the global box office, taking $248m (£196m) worldwide, rocketed both actors into two of Hollywood’s biggest stars.  

Top Gun: Maverick is currently showing in UK cinemas .

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