Val Kilmer’s daughter Mercedes celebrated her dad’s return to Top Gun (Picture: Paramount/Getty)

Val Kilmer’s daughter Mercedes has spoken out about her father’s ‘extraordinary’ return to the Top Gun franchise after his battle with cancer.

The actor reprised his role as Iceman, coming face to face once again with Tom Cruise’s Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell.

‘I was on set. I saw it live, and it was extraordinary,’ Mercedes, 30, said.

She added to The New York Post: ‘It was trippy, and very special for my dad to be on set with all of his friends who made this movie when they were my age.’

Val’s return was especially tricky as he lost his voice following his diagnosis with throat cancer in 2017.

He underwent an emergency tracheotomy during which doctors made an incision in his windpipe to allow him to breathe.

Val returned to the iconic franchise alongside Tom Cruise (Picture: Getty Images)

In a profile of Val published in The New York Times Magazine in May 2020, it was said that he used a tracheostomy tube, with his voice sounding ‘something between a squeak and a voiceless roar’.

The scene with Tom was reportedly digitally altered so as Val could be heard clearly.

Thankfully, Val has been cancer-free now for around six years.

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web
browser that
supports HTML5

The actor first starred in Top Gun in 1986, when he was 26, returning to the role this year at the age of 62.

Tom previously told about the glorious reunion, saying: ‘It was lovely. The whole experience, you know, 36 years to make this film. There were so many moments in making it that were very special, incredibly unique.

‘He’s an actor that I greatly admire, so it was wonderful.’

Producer David Ellison, who’s previously worked with Tom on films including Jack Reacher and the Mission: Impossible franchise, said that Maverick and Iceman’s scene was his ‘favourite in the movie’.

‘The first movie made me want to become a pilot. This was the first movie when we originally started working with Paramount 12 years ago we said we wanted to make,’ he said.

More: US Showbiz news

‘So to see the two of them on set, the emotion that people hopefully get from that scene, was how it felt to be on set. It was a surreal experience.’

After the cast of Top Gun: Maverick appeared at the Cannes Film Festival, Val celebrated the release of the film, tagging Tom as he tweeted: ‘Congratulations old pal. Well deserved reception. Here’s looking forward to another 36 years of fun!’

Top Gun: Maverick follows on from the first film, released in 1986. It catches up with Pete as he’s training graduates – but he’ll have to confront the ghosts of his past and his fears for one particularly terrifying mission.

Top Gun: Maverick hits cinemas on May 25.

Got a story?

If you’ve got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we’d love to hear from you.

MORE : Tom Cruise opens up on powerful reunion with Val Kilmer in Top Gun: Maverick after going head-to-head with Iceman in original film

MORE : Val Kilmer begged Top Gun: Maverick bosses for surprise Iceman return opposite Tom Cruise