the set of RED PLANET
right, I'll admit it. I honestly don't know WHAT
went on during the making of RED PLANET. If you
believe what the studios say, then Val and Tom had
a great time on the set (below). If you believe
what others have
said then Val and Tom were at each other's throats.
Cinescape.com) If you believe the tabloids,
Val Kilmer and Tom Sizemore had a pretty bumpy
flight to Mars. According to gossip-mongering
columnists, the stars feuded on the set of the upcoming
Warner Bros. sci-fi epic Red Planet. Reports
surfaced claiming that the two actors refused to
shoot scenes together, and one rumor even had it
that Kilmer had taken out a restraining order against
Now Kilmer and Sizemore are
hoping to set the record straight. Both recently
spoke with Cinescape magazine editor Steve Hockensmith
and stressed that, though the Red Planet
shoot was long and tough, there were no "co-star
"There were things going
on with Tom that were personal that I got attached
to. Like this [rumor], which is crazy, [about] a
restraining order. As you know, it's just impossible
for an actor to do that to another actor on a movie
set," Kilmer told Hockensmith. "He and
I did a lot of stuff together to make this movie
not just good but great, and it's a real shame that
things got interpreted in a negative light. Because
the movie doesn't deserve it. It doesn't have anything
to do with what the experience was or what people
are going to see."
Sizemore went even further,
calling reports of a dispute "total bull***t."
"If you're a public figure,
which I have become and which Val has been for the
better part of 15 years, all you need is 'a source
said' and you can print it in the tabloid press,"
Sizemore said. "Now we could sue, but that
distracts from our movie. It makes it about something
that never happened."
Sizemore emphasized the fact
that he and Kilmer are "very good friends"
who previously had worked together on Michael Mann's
heist thriller Heat.
"One of the reasons I took
[Red Planet] was to work with Val because
I think he is one of the best actors we have and
I know that first-hand from working with him. If
Val's guilty of anything he's guilty of being a
perfectionist...but insofar as there being problems
between Val and me, there were never any problems.
It was made up," insisted Sizemore, who felt
that his much-publicized battle with substance abuse
made him an easy target for the tabloid press. "My
drug addiction, which is now five years in the past
-- some people just won't let that go. I got clean
June 1, 1995. I have been clean since, but you know
the press doesn't give a [darn] if it can sell their
stupid [publications]. You know, 'Drug Addict Tom
Sizemore and Batboy Actor Val Kilmer Won't Act Together!'
What a bunch of bull***t."
Red Planet opens November
3. For more on the making of the film, look for
the Val Kilmer interview in the September/October
issue of Cinescape magazine.