Governor Batman? Kilmer May Seek Office
February 6, 2009
Having variously portrayed God, Moses and Philip II of Macedon in his unpredictable career, Val Kilmer, below, may be contemplating a role that would carry more real-world authority. In an interview with The Associated Press, Mr. Kilmer said he may consider running for governor of New Mexico in 2010, when term-limit laws would prevent Gov. Bill Richardson from seeking a third stay in office (although opponents of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York thought the same thing). “I’m just looking for ways to be contributive,” Mr. Kilmer said, according to The A.P. “And if that ends up being where I can make a substantial contribution, then I’ll run.” Though born and raised in Los Angeles, Mr. Kilmer, a star of films including “The Doors” and “Batman Forever,” has lived for two decades in New Mexico, where he has a 6,000-acre ranch outside Santa Fe. He said he had not conclusively decided to seek office but told The A.P., “If I run, I’m going to be the next governor.”
A version of this article appeared in print on February 7, 2009, on page C2 of the New York edition.