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Val Kilmer Teaming Up With Harmony Korine For Nashville Set Experimental Motivational Speaker Film

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 28, 2011 5:57 AM
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Say what you will about Harmony Korine, but there is probably no other contemporary American director who so steadfastly sticks to his vision without compromise. Even this lone attempt at more "mainstream" filmmaking "Mister Lonely" was imbued with Korine's signature moments of radiant brilliance: the nuns falling out of the plane to Aphex Twin? The lovely slo-mo opening? After last year's delightfully twisted "Trash Humpers," 2011 has seen Korine busier than ever. He hit SXSW this spring with his Die Antwoord starring short film "Umshini Wam" and he's also doing some kind of mysterious kids-in-bike-gangs project with James Franco. There hasn't been word on his next feature "Twinkle Twinkle" since Marlon Wayans signed on last fall (let's hope it's still happening) but the ever creative Korine is already at work on something else that's totally amazing and totally bizarre.

Hat tip to one of our contributors for bringing this to our attention, as over at Val Kilmer's Tumblr page (who knew?) the actor has announced a new project he's doing with Korine with the working title "Lotus Community Center" and well, we'll just him explain it. Here's what he posted:

I am about to create an experimental film with Harmony Korine here in Nashville, where we are rehearsing and where we will film on the 11th of August in a roller skating rink. I will be playing Hector. Harmony says of the character, “I don’t know if he’s ‘crazy’ - I don’t know if I know what that word means anymore… He’s the WORST motivational speaker on earth. That’s for sure.” We went last night to visit Dan Auerbach and friends, of BLACK KEYS fame. He was recording a beautiful woman’s record, but I didn’t catch her name. We soaked up the soul- but not even NASHVILLE’S finest can save HECTOR- motivational speaker sponsored by the -LOTUS COMMUNITY CENTER- (the current title, for our experimental film).
Harmony and I met a couple of years ago in New York with his lovely wife Rachel, and have been talking about a project ever since. This looney monologue is the first opportunity that materialized.

Val Kilmer playing a terrible motivational speaker in an experimental film by Harmony Korine? Um, yes please. You can go ahead and sign us the fuck up. As usual with Korine's projects, this one seems to have arrived out of nowhere as we can't really seem to dig up any more info. But man, we are more than ready for Kilmer to deliver his "looney monologue" as Hector. We presume Korine will trot it out at festivals sometime in 2012.

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7 Comments

  • FreeDog | August 11, 2011 6:35 AMReply

    i was there yesterday when they filmed the movie. umm. i didn't know what to think. Kilmer was pretty witty with his improves and scripted stuff alike. I tried not to laugh,, but dude was funny. no matter what,, the film will make you think and laugh at the same time. Good show mates,,, i think.. well,, i don't know what to think. .. lol

  • Kevin | July 29, 2011 7:41 AMReply

    Great article..checked out Val Kilmer's tumblr page. Dude seriously needs to hire a new web guy. None of the links work. The official fan page is not there, the facebook page is not there, forum says it is closed. Checked out the website for the movie Mark Twain and Mary Baker Eddy and over half of it is not working. Looks like someone crashed his database. Lots of good pros in the field..good luck.

  • Jenna | July 29, 2011 3:16 AMReply

    Oh Val Kilmer...you used to be hot. I'd like to go back to then.

  • carrie | July 28, 2011 9:01 AMReply

    i can't wait for it

  • gogreyhound | July 28, 2011 7:12 AMReply

    awesome. now i've just gotta find a way to meet him while he's in town. Kilmer that is.

  • arent | July 28, 2011 7:06 AMReply

    aren't all harmony korine films experimental?!?!?!?!

  • The Playlist | July 28, 2011 6:05 AMReply

    THANKS TO MICKEY PAGELS FOR THE FYI. 5 BONERZ UP!

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