Val Kilmer Jokes He's a 'Pervert' for His Cate Blanchett Twitter Spree: 'I Guess I'm Creepy'
By Antoinette Bueno
Val Kilmer is making no apologies for his love for Cate Blanchett.
The 57-year-old actor made headlines for going on a weekend-long Twitter spree about his admiration for the Oscar-winning Australian actress -- and ended up deleting a few of the tweets -- which he addressed on Wednesday during his appearance at the Irvine Improv in Irvine, California. When asked by an audience member during a Q&A about who his favorite co-star to work with is, Kilmer said he couldn't say Blanchett.
"I wrote nice things about Cate Blanchett on Twitter and now I'm a pervert," he said. "I don't know why loving an actor that's so talented is creepy, but I guess I'm creepy."
Kilmer expressed his admiration for Blanchett on Friday in a series of tweets, and said he once flew to Australia just to talk to her -- but was instead met by her husband, Andrew Upton. He then shared that he had two dreams with Blanchett in them, and noted that they were without her husband.
He later posted a black-and-white pic of Blanchett, writing, "I mean even if she couldn't act you know what I mean?"
Kilmer defended himself on Sunday, after some Twitter users criticized his tweets.
"I've never done said or written a single idea that wasn't of the highest respect and admiration for #cateblanchett or any other great talent," he wrote in now deleted tweets. "She's a friend of mine and I've met her husband thru the years and we've all gotten along just fine. Anyone who thinks I need to curb my enthusiasm for a great rare artist doesn't understand how difficult the job is and how we artists count on the respect of our peers."
"She will back up every word I say n love that I say I love her," he added. "I would love an actor I didn't even enjoy if he flew the world to talk about a role."