Val Kilmer Speaks of His New Voice After a Tracheotomy to Treat Throat Cancer

Val Kilmer is assuring fans he’s doing just fine after a tracheotomy due to throat cancer.

The procedure significantly affected his voice, but Val said on Good Morning America that he’s in good spirits following the surgery.

“I’m doing great, I feel a lot better than I sound,” he said, adding of the sound of his voice, which has been impacted by the procedure: “It’s just like any other language or dialect. 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.”

The actor now stars in Paydirt alongside his 28-year-old daughter Mercedes in her screen debut.

“Playing his daughter was so trippy and perfect,” Mercedes said in the interview. “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 [around] a disabled actor, or an actor with a disability.”

Watch the full interview below, courtesy of GMA.