The actor, 60, appears in Paydirt, his first film since recovering from throat cancer that led to a tracheotomy. The procedure significantly affected his voice, but Kilmer said on Good Morning America on Monday that he’s in good spirits.
“I’m doing great, I feel a lot better than I sound,” Kilmer said.
He also addressed how he’s handling communicating and working now, as he gets used to his new voice.
“It’s just like any other language or dialect,” the Top Gun actor said. “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.”
Paydirt also stars Kilmer’s 28-year-old daughter Mercedes in her screen debut. The two play father and daughter in the film, making Kilmer’s return all that more special.
“Playing his daughter was so trippy and perfect,” Mercedes, who joined her dad on Good Morning America, said on the show. “I’m so proud to have been in this film and to have worked on this film like not just because my dad is my actual dad, but because I know you don’t really lead with this but you do have now a disability with your voice, and it really meant a lot to me to be able to be involved in this film that centers a disabled actor, or an actor with a disability.”