For some reason, Val Kilmer recently revealed to MTV that Mini Me was his idea.
“[I created] Mini-Me you know,” Kilmer confessed to MTV News, revealing once and for all his own role in skyrocketing Verne Troyer to fame. “[I was] the genesis of Mini-Me.”
“[On] ‘Island of Dr. Moreau’ I told Marlon Brando my plan to save my performance just in case there was a giant whole in the second half – I was going to strap the little man to my chest,” Kilmer insisted, completely unaware, perhaps, of how terribly strange that plan sounds even in retrospect. “And, you know, you can’t get around that visual. And then he [Brando] STOLE my little man!”
“I asked Mike Myers about it myself. He said, ‘absolutely’ [it came from that movie],” Kilmer said of the idea for Dr. Evil’s pint-sized clone. “Same studio made it. And he saw a screening and said, ‘that’s really funny.’”
I think Val Kilmer has made some awesome movies and is one of the best actors around, but it would be really sad if his strategy for staying relevant is claiming to have invented mini-me. That’s like saying you invented pogs, or the zip disk.