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Val Kilmer to play Mark Twain in one-man show

Val Kilmer and Mark Twain. (Jason Merritt/Mark Twain House; Getty Images)

The “Batman Forever” actor will perform “Citizen Twain” — a show that “delves into the heart and soul of Samuel Clemens and conjures forth the great spirit of Mark Twain” — in a two-weekend run at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery this March, Playbill reports.

Apparently, Kilmer has been impersonating Twain for some time now.

The Juilliard-trained actor — whose career has been in a bit of a slump for the past decade — has been working on a film project about Twain and Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, since at least 2010. According to a note Kilmer posted on the film’s site last January, he sold his home to finance the project but said there was still “a long way to go before” enough money was made. (Kilmer also had some tax issues in 2011.)

There hasn’t been an update to the site since then. But in May, Kilmer will appear at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum to talk about the film. So perhaps in the future, we’ll get to see Kilmer do his Twain on the big screen. Fingers crossed.

Watch Kilmer do his Twain impression below.


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