Into It: Val Kilmer

Val Kilmer, star of 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,' what are you ...

... Reading

I've been reading Chronicles, the Bob Dylan book. What an interesting mind. (I'm proud to say I know him; he's in the Rolodex.) He's so vivid and you feel like you're right there at the beginning of the '60s. You're reading history from someone who made it. I just read A Dead Man in Deptford by Anthony Burgess. Incredible that he didn't start writing until his 40s because he was misdiagnosed with a terminal disease and retired from his military career. He said, 'Well, maybe I'll try writing.' All this incredible stuff came pouring out of him. A very interesting take on Christopher Marlowe and those times of Shakespeare. Poetry: Seamus Heaney's The Burial at Thebes: A Version of Sophocles' Antigone. To me he is the best kind of poet. He is a real dreamer. [He has] that Irish predilection for darkness - yet still holds on to that joy of life. A really unique voice.

... Listening to

I forgot how great Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks" is. He wrote it in three days! Them, Van Morrison's first band, have got a double CD with everything they recorded. I have to say, Mick Jagger's early years are not that impressive when you listen to Them. He's just straight up imitating Van the man. I was very confused by Genesis in the early days - I remember throwing an 8-track of "Selling England by the Pound" out of the window onto the Ventura Freeway in L.A. - but now I can't get enough of it. I'd like to plug Goshen, a folk-rock band led by Grant Hayunga.

... Watching

Finding Nemo is one of the best screenplays in 20 years. The Incredibles is also fantastic. I can't stop watching Anchorman. Will Ferrell, I love you - run away with me!

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