Val Kilmer Joins ‘Deep in the Heart’ with Jon Gries

The ‘Real Genius’ actors reteam for a film about a real-life alcoholic who reinvents himself and puts hundreds of kids through college via his charitable donations.
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Val Kilmer Joins ‘Deep in the Heart’ with Jon Gries

Jon Gries and Val Kilmer on the Texas set of Deep in the HeartVal Kilmer is reteaming with his Real Genius buddy Jon Gries for a feature film about a real-life alcoholic who reinvents himself and puts hundreds of kids through college via his charitable donations.

Deep in the Heart stars Gries as Richard Wallrath, a Texas entrepreneur who is the biggest all-time individual donor to that state's 4-H and Future Farmers of America organizations. Kilmer plays a character known only as "The Bearded Man," and he resides in Wallrath's mind as a "Christ-like figure" to help him on his path to recovery, said Scott Duthie, who is co-producing the independent film.

"Val is one of those rare actors who drove himself to the set and always got there on time. A real pleasure to work with," Duthie said Monday from the Texas set.

"Wallrath is an alcoholic who hit rock bottom and lost everything, then reinvented himself, re-established his relationships with his family and built a multimillion-dollar business," Duthie said.

Deep in the Heart was released in 2011.

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