New photos of Val Kilmer on the set of the still untitled Terrence Malick
project have us insanely curious as to just what this movie is all
about. Kilmer, who isn’t officially confirmed as a star of the film,
made a bizarre appearance on stage at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin,
Texas this week.
Kilmer joined the band The Black Lips on stage and treated the audience to a strange spectacle. Entering the stage with a walker, the actor proceeded to cut his own hair off with a knife, wield a chainsaw, attempted to smash a guitar before being “forcibly” removed from the stage. The unnamed movie has been filming for some time in the Austin area at various music festivals but not much else is known about the film.
The film’s official plot description on IMDb is listed as “Obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas,” and boasts an incredible cast which includes Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Wes Bentley, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender, Benico del Toro, Holly Hunter and Bond girl Bérénice Marlohe. But don’t get too excited just yet, Malick is notorious for editing actors out of the final version of his films, like Rachel Weisz in To the Wonder and a slew of actors who filmed scenes for The Thin Red Line including Adrien Brody (whose meaty part was reduced to a single line), Bill Pullman, Martin Sheen, Gary Oldman, and Viggo Mortensen.
We’re really hoping that Malick doesn’t decide to leave Kilmer’s part on the cutting room floor because, well, it looks pretty crazy. Malick also filmed Knight of Cups concurrently with this movie which features an equally loose plot description and much of the same cast but does not appear to be related in anyway to this film. We're hoping Malick isn't as confused as we are about all of this.
Check out the video of the event where he tells the crowd he’ll cut off his hair “if they’re good” and introduces Rooney Mara as Miley Cyrus.