WASHINGTON -- The sinner who is "The Saint" and the saint who is his co-star came here to attract attention to that movie on which, for both of them, much rides. He eats Bagel Chips and smokes Merits while he talks and literally wears rose-colored glasses; she eats a fruit salad.
For him, it's a chance to prove that he can carry a big movie without wearing a bat cape; for her it's a chance to consolidate after the triumph of "Leaving Las Vegas."She's very angular; he's very unangular. A slice of banana gets away from her and she races across the room to pick it up. They really like each other."I would never play 'The Girl' in a big action-adventure picture if I didn't really respect the people I was involved with," says Elisabeth Shue.
Recently, both Joel Schumacher, who directed him in "Batman III," and John Frankenheimer, who directed him in "The Island of Dr.
Moreau," have said nasty things about him: He's supposed to have bolted off of sets, to have hidden in his dressing rooms, to have been too picky about the scripts and done all sorts of movie-star things from the age of Tallulah."Well, the most obvious thing," he says intensely, "is how poorly it reflects on them.
It's not possible to say anything else to damage me.
Now, if I were that bad, don't you think the word would have leaked out before? I don't even have many friends out there."That said, he seems to settle down.
That is, to focus on the experience of making the film. You can't really control that anyway."Val Kilmer probably agrees, but nevertheless he's committed to an attempt to regain control.
NEWSFLASH: Movie star picks up her own banana in D. "I don't want to get lost among the explosions, and I'm very picky about men. He's misunderstood on some levels, but he's a great actor.We were given considerable latitude to develop our characters and our relationship on screen, and we worked hard on it.