Wednesday, March 2

val kilmer//the doors

val kilmer playing jim morrison in oliver stones the doors, 1991. filmed in LA, paris, and NYC

Val Kilmer had to convince Oliver Stone for the part, he made his own 8 min. tape of him acting as Jim. He evenrecorded songs and asked Stone to pick out which was Jim and which was Val and Oliver Stone couldn't tell! He performs 15 songs in the movie.
To prepare he lost weight, went to Doors tribute concerts, read Jim's poetry, hung out around Sunset Strip, rehearsed Doors songs for 6 months, and wore Morrison like clothes for almost a year. he also spent alot of time talking to Paul Rothchild who was The Doors producer, he told Kilmer, "anecdotes, stories, tragic moments, humorous moments, how Jim thought, what were my interpretation of Jim's lyrics and helped withsome pronunciations, idiomatic things that Jim would do that made the song sound like Jim". 

The real remaing Doors; Robby Krieger and John Densmore talked to him but Ray Manzarek refused...
Oliver Stone originally wanted Paula Abdul to choreograph the concert scenes... but she didn't "understand" Morrison's onstage actions (hahhah)


Kaitlyn Murphy said...

Wow, it seems like my life has revolved around the Doors lately, and now this post... It's like you read my mind! Wonderful photos from the movie. Val did a great job as the Lizard King.

Alexis said...

Hahaha I love the Paula Abdul bit! Whatever on earth gave Oliver Stone the idea that she would be suited for anything Doors-related? Certainly, she was a great choreographer, but definitely NOT in the style of what Jim would do!

Great post, as always

Saturday Stevens said...

I get sick of people saying how "amazing" the movie was or how Val Kilmer looked "exactly" like Jim. While the movie was entertaining, it was 75% fiction and his nose/mouth ratio was too big to be convincing.

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