Iceman Dies After Val Kilmer’s Epic Return In Sequel – Hollywood Life

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Top Gun: Maverick it’s full of nods to the 1986 hit movie that started it all. In addition to by Tom Cruise Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, kilmer valley reprises the iconic role of Tom “Iceman” Kazansky, who has become a four-star admiral. Maverick and Iceman share one of the most moving scenes in the film, bringing Tom and Val together on screen for the first time in nearly 40 years.

After nearly being grounded, Iceman comes to Maverick’s rescue with the Naval Academy. He asks Maverick to teach the Top Gun pilots how to fly a dangerous mission. Iceman knows that Maverick is the only one capable of preparing these pilots.

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Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise in ‘Top Gun’. (Paramount Pictures/Everett Collection)

Maverick agrees and quickly crosses paths with Lieutenant Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, the son of his dear friend Goose. In the middle of training, Iceman texts Maverick saying that he needs to see him. “It’s not a good time,” Maverick replies. Iceman isn’t asking, so Maverick pays him a visit. Iceman’s wife explains that his cancer has returned. “Talking is painful now,” says his wife.

Maverick goes to see Iceman in his office. “I want to talk about work,” Iceman types into his computer. Maverick talks about training and Rooster. Maverick believes that Rooster will never forgive him for withdrawing his application to the Naval Academy. “There is still time,” Iceman writes. He encourages Maverick to focus on training Rooster, who is capable of taking on this mission. Maverick is afraid of losing Rooster like he lost Goose.

“Time to let go,” Iceman writes. A tearful Maverick replies, “I don’t know how.” Maverick admits that the only reason he is here is because of Iceman.

“The Navy needs Maverick,” Iceman begins. “The boy needs Maverick. That’s why I fought for you. That’s why you’re still here. Iceman and Maverick share a heartfelt hug. Iceman jokingly asks who is the better pilot. A playful Maverick tells Iceman not to ruin this moment. Iceman then dies off screen and Maverick attends his funeral.

Val was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2015. He underwent chemotherapy and had two tracheotomies. His voice has been severely limited due to radiation and chemotherapy treatments. He now uses a feeding tube to eat. As of 2020, Val is cancer-free.

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Val Kilmer in 2019. (Suzanne Cordeiro/Shutterstock)

Producer jerry bruckheimer revealed to THR that Tom insisted on Val’s return. “He said, ‘I’m not going to do this movie without Val.’ When we shot it, it was a very emotional day to have Val there and see him work with Tom after 35 years,” said Jerry. Top Gun: Maverick is now in theaters.

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