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Val Kilmer discusses tracheotomy and throat cancer recovery

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Val Kilmer has opened up about overcoming speaking challenges following his battle with throat cancer.

Kilmer, 60, underwent a tracheotomy as a result of the disease several years ago, and though communication has now become difficult, he insists it’s just like any other challenge has he had to tackle.  

‘I’m doing great. I feel a lot better than I sound,’ Val told Good Morning America in an interview which aired Monday.

'You have to figure out a way to communicate': Val Kilmer has opened up about overcoming speaking challenges following his battle with throat cancer

‘You have to figure out a way to communicate’: Val Kilmer has opened up about overcoming speaking challenges following his battle with throat cancer

‘It’s just like any other language or dialect,’ Val explained.

‘You have to figure out a way to communicate that’s no different than any other acting challenge but it’s just a very unique set of circumstances.’

Val previously told the morning show he ‘healed quickly’ from cancer, and now uses the tracheotomy to help him breathe due to the swelling of his throat glands.

Val also discussed working with his daughter Mercedes Kilmer, 28, who is making her big screen debut in the upcoming thriller Paydirt, set for release August 7. 

In good spirits: 'I'm doing great. I feel a lot better than I sound,' Val told Good Morning America in an interview which aired Monday

In good spirits: ‘I’m doing great. I feel a lot better than I sound,’ Val told Good Morning America in an interview which aired Monday

Health update: Val previously told the morning show he 'healed quickly' from cancer, and now uses the tracheotomy to help him breathe due to the swelling of his throat glands

Health update: Val previously told the morning show he ‘healed quickly’ from cancer, and now uses the tracheotomy to help him breathe due to the swelling of his throat glands

The film sees Kilmer play a retired sheriff tracking down a parolee searching for buried money.

Mercedes plays his daughter, Jamie.

Appearing in the interview virtually, Mercedes said she was proud to be in the film as it starred a disability actor – her father.

‘I’m so proud to have been in this film and to have worked on this film like not just because my dad is my actual dad, but because I know you don’t really lead with this but you do have now a disability with your voice, and it really meant a lot to me to be able to be involved in this film that centers a disabled actor, or an actor with a disability.’

Family business: Kilmer stars opposite his daughter Mercedes Kilmer in the upcoming action film, Paydirt

Family business: Kilmer stars opposite his daughter Mercedes Kilmer in the upcoming action film, Paydirt 

Art imitates life: Mercedes plays Kilmer's daughter Jamie in the film

Art imitates life: Mercedes plays Kilmer’s daughter Jamie in the film 

Paydirt is just one of numerous films Kilmer will be starring in in the coming years, including the highly-anticipated sequel, Top Gun: Maverick.

Kilmer will be returning to his role of Iceman, but declined to share any details about the film during his GMA interview.

‘All I can tell you about the film is that my hair is not the same length,’ Kilmer said. ‘Iceman has not become Ice Monk.’

On top of his movie career, Kilmer has been back in the spotlight this last year with the release of his memoir, I’m Your Huckleberry, where he details his battle with cancer.

'It really meant a lot to me': Mercedes was proud to be working on a film starring a disabled actor - her father

‘It really meant a lot to me’: Mercedes was proud to be working on a film starring a disabled actor – her father

The Batman actor found himself single and out of money from losing land investments in 2015, living in a cottage in Malibu with the postman and local burrito man as his best friends.

‘I was a weirdo beach bum and it was bliss – then bliss turned to mayhem. I coughed up coagulated blood. I presumed this was the day of my death’, Kilmer confesses in his memoir that chronicles his lost loves and lifelong spiritual journey.

Kilmer describes how he called for an ambulance and crawled up the wooden stairs from his guesthouse to the Pacific Coast Highway so the ambulance could find him.

Family affair: Mercedes is the daughter of the Top Gun actor and his ex-wife Joanne Whalley

Family affair: Mercedes is the daughter of the Top Gun actor and his ex-wife Joanne Whalley

He woke up in a Santa Monica hospital after an emergency tracheotomy for throat cancer.

His old lover Cher had him transferred to David Geffen’s School of Medicine at UCLA where he underwent chemo and radiation over a two-month stay. 

A lifelong Christian Scientist following the beliefs of both of his parents, Kilmer wrote: ‘I do not deny miraculous healing’, Kilmer writes.

Reflecting on the cancer that had caused his tongue to swell and block his lymph passages, requiring two tracheotomies, Kilmer said: ‘The cancer miraculously healed much faster than any of the doctors predicted’.

Now when he talks, he has to put a finger to the aperture in his throat to be understood. 

Open book: On top of his movie career, Kilmer has been back in the spotlight this last year with the release of his memoir, I'm Your Huckleberry, where he details his battle with cancer

Open book: On top of his movie career, Kilmer has been back in the spotlight this last year with the release of his memoir, I’m Your Huckleberry, where he details his battle with cancer

That's cool! Kilmer will be returning to his beloved role of Iceman in the upcoming Top Gun sequel, Top Gun: Maverick (pictured 1986)

That’s cool! Kilmer will be returning to his beloved role of Iceman in the upcoming Top Gun sequel, Top Gun: Maverick (pictured 1986)

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Mischa Barton puts on a busty display in a sheer top as she goes to the grocery store

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Mischa Barton flaunted her curves in a sheer top while making a quick trip to a grocery store in Los Angeles on Saturday morning.

The 34-year-old star of The O.C. only needed a few items and emerged shortly afterward with a single back.

The actress left little to the imagination with her flowing see-through beige top, which featured short black sleeves.

In and out: Mischa Barton, 34, was spotted in Los Angeles on Saturday as she made a quick stop at a grocery store for some essential items

In and out: Mischa Barton, 34, was spotted in Los Angeles on Saturday as she made a quick stop at a grocery store for some essential items

In and out: Mischa Barton, 34, was spotted in Los Angeles on Saturday as she made a quick stop at a grocery store for some essential items

Mischa spiced up her ensemble with a lacy black bra underneath her top, which matched her knee-length black skirt.

She also had on a set of backless black loafers, and she contrasted the dark colors with a brilliant white Pinko handbag with delicate gold birds on the clasp.

The 5ft9in beauty wore her long blonde tresses tied back in a ponytail, and she blocked out the sun with a large set of square sunglasses.

She carried a blue surgical-style mask with her to enter the grocery store in compliance with an order from the governor of California requiring all people in public places to wear masks.

Sheer style: Mischa left little to the imagination with her flowing see-through beige top, which featured short black sleeves. It revealed her lacy black bra underneath

Sheer style: Mischa left little to the imagination with her flowing see-through beige top, which featured short black sleeves. It revealed her lacy black bra underneath

Sheer style: Mischa left little to the imagination with her flowing see-through beige top, which featured short black sleeves. It revealed her lacy black bra underneath

Mischa was on her own Saturday after being seen out earlier this month with actor Gian Marco Flamini.

The couple were glimpsed arm-in-arm as they strolled around Echo Park Lake in LA, before they shared a sweet kiss.

The British–American star had previously been in a relationship with James Abercrombie, which ended in July 2019, though they were spotted together again in October of last year.

Back in black: The O.C. actress also wore a black satin skirt and black backless loafers

Back in black: The O.C. actress also wore a black satin skirt and black backless loafers

Back in black: The O.C. actress also wore a black satin skirt and black backless loafers

Following early roles in Lawn Dogs (1997) and The Sixth Sense (1999), Mischa burst into the spotlight with her starring role on the teen drama The O.C., which premiered on Fox in 2003.

She played Marissa Cooper, a neighbor to Ryan Atwood (Ben McKenzie) and Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) in Orange County’s Newport Beach who struggled with drug abuse issues.

Barton departed the series following its third season, at which point The O.C.’s ratings began a precipitous decline.

Classic: Following early roles in Lawn Dogs (1997) and The Sixth Sense (1999), Mischa burst into the spotlight with her starring role on the teen drama The O.C., which premiered in 2003

Classic: Following early roles in Lawn Dogs (1997) and The Sixth Sense (1999), Mischa burst into the spotlight with her starring role on the teen drama The O.C., which premiered in 2003

Classic: Following early roles in Lawn Dogs (1997) and The Sixth Sense (1999), Mischa burst into the spotlight with her starring role on the teen drama The O.C., which premiered in 2003

Mischa’s connection to Orange County made her a logical choice to join The Hills: New Beginnings, an update on the original MTV reality series.

She was featured in the first season, which began airing in June 2019, but her future on the series is currently uncertain.

Us Weekly reported in March that the actress wouldn’t be returning for a second season of the revival and would be replaced by Caroline D’Amore.

Mischa denied the report on Instagram shortly after, writing, ”Lol. Where do people get their reporting from?’

Short stint: Mischa's fictional connection to Orange County made her a logical choice to join the new reboot of The Hills, but she has reportedly been dropped for the second season; shown in June 2019

Short stint: Mischa's fictional connection to Orange County made her a logical choice to join the new reboot of The Hills, but she has reportedly been dropped for the second season; shown in June 2019

Short stint: Mischa’s fictional connection to Orange County made her a logical choice to join the new reboot of The Hills, but she has reportedly been dropped for the second season; shown in June 2019

She also took shots at Caroline: ‘As if anyone would watch @Carolinedamore try to hoc her boring a** pasta bowls and greasy pizza on tv. Tried that it was like watching paint dry. Get the story straight first @usweekly.’

Despite the report, MTV has yet to confirm that Mischa will not be returning when the series begins filming its second season.

Some cast members, including Heidi Montag and Frankie Delgado, had previously complained that the actress was too reserved while filming scenes for the show. 

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Hollyoaks actor Stuart Manning lands huge Hollywood role with Denise Richards

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He played legendary memorable character Russ Owen until 2018.

And now Stuart Manning, 41, is set for global fame after landing a part in new Hollywood TV series Glow and Darkness.

The medieval period drama, which is being filmed in Spain, is also set to feature megastars Denise Richards and former Bond girl Jane Seymour. 

On location: Ex-Hollyoaks actor Stuart Manning is set for global fame after landing a part in Hollywood TV series Glow and Darkness

On location: Ex-Hollyoaks actor Stuart Manning is set for global fame after landing a part in Hollywood TV series Glow and Darkness

On location: Ex-Hollyoaks actor Stuart Manning is set for global fame after landing a part in Hollywood TV series Glow and Darkness

Stuart has been sharing snaps of his time on set as the big-budget production has ploughed on in spite of the coronavirus pandemic. 

In one snap, cast members in Medieval garb take a break from the fierce Spanish heat as they sit on chairs in the shade. 

Crew wearing face masks stand around the background, as the production takes place in an around the town of Cáceres, in the Southern Spanish region of Extremadura.

Taking a break: Stuart has shared several snaps from the production on his Instagram, including this shot of cast members taking a break from the fierce Spanish heat

Taking a break: Stuart has shared several snaps from the production on his Instagram, including this shot of cast members taking a break from the fierce Spanish heat

Taking a break: Stuart has shared several snaps from the production on his Instagram, including this shot of cast members taking a break from the fierce Spanish heat 

Career highlight: The former Hollyoaks actor captioned the above snap, 'Working with these guys on #glowanddarkness has been a dream'

Career highlight: The former Hollyoaks actor captioned the above snap, 'Working with these guys on #glowanddarkness has been a dream'

Career highlight: The former Hollyoaks actor captioned the above snap, ‘Working with these guys on #glowanddarkness has been a dream’

Stuart also posted several selfies from on set, while he also showed footage of stuntmen riding horses along past a small lake.  

In his captions for these posts, Stuart revealed that these snaps are from his time on set by including the hashtag #glowanddarkness.  

On one particular selfie featuring Stuart and three other actors, he wrote: ‘Working with these guys on #glowanddarkness has been a dream. I can’t wait to share it with you all soon’.

 Writer Alejandro Gillermo Roemmers created the series, while Denise Richards, 49, and Jane Seymour, 69, are both set to star. 

No expense spared: Stuart shared glimpses of real-live horses galloping around the Spanish countryside

No expense spared: Stuart shared glimpses of real-live horses galloping around the Spanish countryside

No expense spared: Stuart shared glimpses of real-live horses galloping around the Spanish countryside

Being cast in the series will be a welcome change for Stuart, after it was revealed in 2018 that he was working as a delivery driver in between acting gigs. 

Stuart first hinted to his fans that he would be taking part in the programme back in March, when he shared a snap of himself with a massive bushy beard and longer hair.

The look is a striking change from his days on Hollyoaks, when he sported a clean-shaven look with short back and sides.  

Throwback: Stuart's current long-bearded medieval look is a world away from how he appeared on Hollyoaks

Throwback: Stuart's current long-bearded medieval look is a world away from how he appeared on Hollyoaks

Throwback: Stuart’s current long-bearded medieval look is a world away from how he appeared on Hollyoaks

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Love Island’s Georgia Harrison puts on a leggy display… after revealing was homeless at 15

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She’s shot to fame after appearing on Love Island.

And Georgia Harrison looked sensational as she put on a leggy display in a pair of tiny white shorts while out with her pals at in London on Saturday.

The reality star’s girly day out comes after she spoke very candidly about how she ‘hit rock bottom’ after becoming homeless at 15.    

Wow: Georgia Harrison, 25, looked sensational as she put on a leggy display in a pair of tiny white shorts while out with her pals at in London on Saturday

Wow: Georgia Harrison, 25, looked sensational as she put on a leggy display in a pair of tiny white shorts while out with her pals at in London on Saturday

Wow: Georgia Harrison, 25, looked sensational as she put on a leggy display in a pair of tiny white shorts while out with her pals at in London on Saturday

Georgia, 25, flaunted her toned frame in white bottoms which she paired with a striped red and white shirt.

The brunette beauty flashed a peak at her taut midriff by tying her top into a stylish bow and completed her ensemble with a pair of black YSL heels.

Not forgetting to accessorise for her outing to the Le Meriden hotel, Georgia also donned some chic sunglasses and slung a black and white bag across her body.

Friends: Georgia was joined on the sun-soaked trip by two pals, with the girls all appearing to be in good spirits as they snapped selfies and strutted along the street

Friends: Georgia was joined on the sun-soaked trip by two pals, with the girls all appearing to be in good spirits as they snapped selfies and strutted along the street

Friends: Georgia was joined on the sun-soaked trip by two pals, with the girls all appearing to be in good spirits as they snapped selfies and strutted along the street 

She was joined on the sun-soaked trip by two pals, with the girls all appearing to be in good spirits as they snapped selfies and strutted along the street. 

Georgia’s appearance comes after she spoke candidly about ‘hitting rock bottom’ and revealed that she was homeless at 15 in an interview with OK! Magazine.

The reality star explained how after ‘multiple things went wrong’ she ended up staying with a pal before moving into shared accommodation.   

Fun: Georgia shared a story with her two friends as they soaked up the sun outside the Le Meriden hotel

Fun: Georgia shared a story with her two friends as they soaked up the sun outside the Le Meriden hotel

Fun: Georgia shared a story with her two friends as they soaked up the sun outside the Le Meriden hotel

Stunning: The brunette beauty flashed a peak at her taut midriff by tying her top into a stylish bow and completed her ensemble with a pair of black YSL heels

Stunning: The brunette beauty flashed a peak at her taut midriff by tying her top into a stylish bow and completed her ensemble with a pair of black YSL heels

Stunning: The brunette beauty flashed a peak at her taut midriff by tying her top into a stylish bow and completed her ensemble with a pair of black YSL heels

Giggles: The star flaunted her toned frame in white bottoms which she paired with a striped red and white shirt

Giggles: The star flaunted her toned frame in white bottoms which she paired with a striped red and white shirt

Giggles: The star flaunted her toned frame in white bottoms which she paired with a striped red and white shirt

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Georgia said: ‘I did end up in a situation where I was living with my friend and her sister on their sofa when I was 15, so my school got in touch with a charity and they managed to house me without me going into social care.

‘I was really scared and I didn’t know what to do with myself, but when you hit rock bottom like that it puts you at a point where there’s nowhere to go but up and that’s where you find out how resilient you can be.’

She said that between the ages of 15 and 18 she lived in the shared accommodation and was still attending school during the first year. 

Snap: The friends posed for a picture together at the table as the enjoyed the weather in London

Snap: The friends posed for a picture together at the table as the enjoyed the weather in London

Snap: The friends posed for a picture together at the table as the enjoyed the weather in London

Together: Georgia's appearance comes after she spoke candidly about 'hitting rock bottom' and revealed that she was homeless at 15 in an interview with OK! Magazine

Together: Georgia's appearance comes after she spoke candidly about 'hitting rock bottom' and revealed that she was homeless at 15 in an interview with OK! Magazine

Together: Georgia’s appearance comes after she spoke candidly about ‘hitting rock bottom’ and revealed that she was homeless at 15 in an interview with OK! Magazine

Georgia also discussed how some times at the home were scary, with her saying that one of the other girl’s used to get drunk and fight with her boyfriend.

The media personality said: ‘That was really scary for me because I used to think: ‘If it does get any worse am I gonna be safe, is he gonna try come into my room?’

Now a successful TV star after appearing on Love Island and Ex On The Beach, Georgia has decided to volunteer at charity Buses4Homeless.

Taking to Instagram earlier this week she said that the group, which offers shelter, learning, food to homeless people, was ‘so close to my heart’. 

Support: Georgia has decided to volunteer at charity Buses4Homeless

Support: Georgia has decided to volunteer at charity Buses4Homeless

Honest: Georgia's appearance comes after she spoke candidly about 'hitting rock bottom' and revealed that she was homeless at 15 in an interview with OK! Magazine

Honest: Georgia's appearance comes after she spoke candidly about 'hitting rock bottom' and revealed that she was homeless at 15 in an interview with OK! Magazine

Support: Georgia has decided to volunteer at charity Buses4Homeless and she spoke candidly about ‘hitting rock bottom’ and revealed that she was homeless at 15 in an interview with OK! Magazine

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