“Top Gun: Maverick” could not do without the presence of Iceman, played by Val Kilmer in “Top Gun”. Finally mentioned and appeared, via a photograph, in the new trailer recently unveiled, should we expect a developed role or a symbolic presence of the actor?
Top Gun Maverick: Iceman is back
In the legend Top Gun, Val Kilmer holds a good place. In Tony Scott’s 1986 film, he plays the very talented and arrogant pilot Tom “Iceman” Kazansky, and Pete “Maverick” Mitchell’s (Tom Cruise) main rival for the designation of the Top Gun school’s top student. First rivals, they become partners and friends during a real combat mission. The sequel, Top Gun: Maverickexpected in theaters on May 25, 2022, so it was natural to include his character.
But there is a size problem. Indeed, Val Kilmer was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2014. If he survived it, however, he left his voice there, a fundamental tool for an actor. With difficulty in breathing and becoming almost speechless, he is in the cast of this sequel and appears as a photograph in the new trailer.
In it, the vice-admiral played by Jon Hamm tells Maverick that he didn’t want him back on Top Gun base. But that Admiral Tom Kazansky, “Iceman” therefore, decided otherwise. A plan then shows a photograph of Iceman on the wall in his admiral’s clothes.
A limited presence and an artificial voice?
With a tweet, Val Kilmer celebrated the release of the new trailer, with a two-way message. Indeed, he writes “#iceman signing off”, which can be translated as “disconnect” or even “put a full stop”, but also “approve”. If it’s Admiral “Iceman” speaking, it may mean he “approves” of Maverick’s return. And if it’s the actor, maybe we should expect an appearance then a final departure in Top Gun: Maverick.
It was a very, very big blow – Val returning as Iceman. To be able to work with an actor of this caliber, to see the chemistry and the camaraderie between him and Tom, and to have these two characters reunited in this film, it was very special, and it is one of my favorite moments in the film.
These few words indicate that Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer will therefore be reunited on the screen. But they also seem to suggest that these reunions exist at the time of a single scene. It is therefore very likely that the presence of Val Kilmer will be limited to this moment only, and therefore remains the order of the symbolic. We notice on the photograph that a rejuvenation work has been carried out, and perhaps the actor has thus passed to the image by a little digging. As for his voice, we may hear the feats performed by an artificial intelligence company that managed to recreate the voice of the actor.