Getty Images | EuropaNewswire/Gado

Val Kilmer Opens Up About His Tracheotomy And Re-Learning How To Communicate

There are some celebrities who have truly inspiring stories that you can't help but root for their success and hope that they overcome all obstacles facing them. Legendary actor Val Kilmer is definitely one of those celebrities for me, and his latest interview with Good Morning America has only cemented that position.

Val Kilmer is an actor best known for his work as Iceman in *Top Gun*.

He was also in Heat, The Doors, Willow, Tombstone, The Saint, and he even had a turn playing the iconic superhero Batman in Batman Forever.

You might have noticed that in the past few years, he hasn't been very active in the acting world.

There's a pretty good reason for that, as Val has discussed in the past.

Instagram | @valkilmerofficial

"I was diagnosed with throat cancer, which healed very quickly," he had revealed in April. He also stated he had a "tracheotomy to help me breathe because the glands in my throat swelled up as well."

He at the time stated he missed most "that he had" a voice.

In a new interview, Val has opened up more about his tracheotomy and the struggles that he's overcome.

Instagram | @valkilmerofficial

"I'm doing great, I feel a lot better than I sound," Val told GMA. "It's just like any other language or dialect. You have to figure out a way to communicate that's no different than any other acting challenge but it's just a very unique set of circumstances."

Joining Val in the interview was his daughter Mercedes, who is starring alongside him in his latest project.

Mercedes said that "it really meant a lot to me to be able to be involved in this film that centers on a disabled actor, or an actor with a disability," referring to her father's tracheotomy.

We're so glad to hear that Val is doing well!