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Kilmer in town

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / September 24, 2010

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Val Kilmer has become quite fond of Boston. Less than a year after his last visit, the actor was back at the Mary Baker Eddy Library yesterday to do more research for a screenplay he’s writing about Eddy, the founder of the Christian Science movement, and Mark Twain. He’s also working on a one-man show about Twain, which he hopes to perform at the ICA at some point. “I like Jill [Medvedow], the woman who runs the place, and I love the theater there,’’ Kilmer told us. (The “Batman’’ actor, who was raised a Christian Scientist, did a reading from the play at the Eddy Library last night.) Kilmer said he’s turned his back on Hollywood in recent years, devoting nearly all of his time to these two projects. “I never felt comfortable with the usual movie star stuff, so I opted for a quiet life in New Mexico,’’ he said. “But looking back, I could have been more gracious. Hollywood is a rough town, but it’s also a strangely honest business. They shake your hand and say they’re going to lie and cheat and steal from you, and then they say, ‘Would you like to walk into the room now?’ And you say yes because it’s a very nice room.’’ As he writes, Kilmer said he draws inspiration from the Milos Forman movie “Amadeus.’’ “I love that film, and I knew Milos,’’ he said. “I was in the running for Mozart for about two minutes, and then Milos patted me on the head and said, ‘Too handsome.’ ’’

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