Val Kilmer found himself having trouble speaking during his first public appearance since denying he has cancer earlier this month.
According to People magazine, the actor was attending a showing of his latest project—the big-screen adaptation of his one-man play “Citizen Twain”—in Los Angeles on Thursday, when he appeared to struggle to address the crowd, slurring his words and dabbing his mouth with a tissue as he answered audience questions.
“I went into rehearsals down in Florida and started having trouble with my speech,” video from the evening recorded him telling the crowd. “Obviously I’m still recovering. My tongue swelled up and I cancelled the [play’s] tour. As I’m recovering, I’m showing this.”
The appearance comes after Kilmer took to Facebook to clarify recent statements made by Michael Douglas that confirmed his former co-star’s struggle with oral cancer.
“I love Michael Douglas but he is misinformed. The last time I spoke to him was almost two years ago, when I asked him for a referral for a specialist to get a diagnosis for a lump in my throat, which prevented me from continuing a tour of my play ‘CITIZEN TWAIN’,” he wrote. “I ended up using a team at UCLA and have no cancer whatsoever. I still have a swollen tongue and am rehabbing steadily.”
The actor refused to answer further questions about his health but appeared to be in a positive mood for the rest of the evening. As People notes, Kilmer was cracking jokes with the audience, causing attendees to burst out laughing.