According to Bebe Buell, Val Kilmer was not the first choice to play Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone’s movie ‘The Doors’ in 1991.
Bebe, who is the mother of actress Liv Tyler, John Travolta was the first choice for her former manager, the late Danny Sugermen.
Bebe said, “I actually saw him come over to Danny’s house, kind of Jim Morrison-y, and he stood up on Danny’s table. And when he sang, it was mind-blowing. He channeled him. I guess that’s what a great actor can do. He channeled him like nothing I’d ever seen. It wasn’t as wacky as it sounds.”
The choice was ultimately Val Kilmer to portray Jim Morrison. That was at least one thing Doors guitarist Robby Krieger found positive about the film.
He said, "He really did a great job I thought. You know, he talked like him, he walked like him, he moved liked him. We even called him Jim on the set, you know. I think it was a great rock and roll movie. Now, did they get the story exactly right? No. But, you know. that's what Hollywood does, you know. They want to make a good movie and sometimes reality isn't always a good movie. Although in this case it probably would have been a better movie than what he did, you know."
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[Source: Classic Hits Today]