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val1.jpgVal Kilmer is nothing if not versatile, having played a superhero (Batman), a rock star (Jim Morrison), a gunfighter (Doc Holliday) and even a porn legend (John Holmes) over the course of his career. Now? Mark Twain. Wearing a white wig and the familiar cream-colored suit favored by Twain, Kilmer held forth at the Mary Baker Eddy Library last night, talking about the relationship between the author and Eddy, the founder of the Christian Scientist movement. (Kilmer was raised a Christian Scientist.) "I think Twain was often trying to get a rise out of her," the actor told us yesterday, speaking in a drawl that sounded like Twain. "He was very spoiled and dynamic, and he usually got what he wanted - whether it was good for him or not." Kilmer said he's currently working on a film about Twain's contentious relationship with Eddy, but said it's far from finished. "It's like the spatial theory of relativity," he said, laughing. "It depends on what angle you're looking at it from." Kilmer hasn't yet cast "Mrs. Eddy," as he calls her, though has "spectacular interest from some spectacular actresses."Asked to describe the film, the actor, who told us he visits the Eddy Library at least once a year, characterized it this way: "A duel biography...If this were a hospital drama, Twain's the patient and Mrs. Eddy is the surgeon."

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Caption: Actor Val Kilmer portrays Mark Twain at the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston on February 11, 2010. (Essdras M Suarez/ Boston Globe)

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