The actor, who wants to turn his 6,000-acre New Mexico ranch into an upscale bed-and-breakfast, is under intense pressure this week from neighbors trying to block the project, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Kilmer, 50, found himself in the danger zone with locals when he applied for permits for the venture, launching protests from fellow Santa Fe area residents still upset about comments he made in past magazine interviews.
The actor was quoted in a 2003 interview with Rolling Stone as saying his neighborhood was “the homicide capital of the Southwest” and that “80 percent of the people in my county are drunk.”
Two years later, Esquire published an interview with the actor in which he said he understood how to play a Vietnam veteran better than someone who had actually fought in the war, and that the soldiers were “borderline criminal or poor … wretched kids” who only served in the military because they “got beat up by their dads” or “couldn’t finagle a scholarship.”
Kilmer later said he was misquoted both times.
In February, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported that he denied disparaging Vietnam veterans during a visit to the state capitol, saying, “I didn’t make that statement. … I have nothing but praise and respect for veterans.”