LATEST: Val Kilmer has hit out at claims he missed a performance of his West End play because he had been over-indulging at the Wimbledon tennis championships, claiming he was genuinely ill with gastroentiritis.

Expectant fans at London's Playhouse Theatre were disappointed on Friday (24JUN05) after being told Kilmer would be replaced by an understudy for the evening's performance of THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, because of an "indisposition". They were then angered by reports he had been entertained all day at the south London sporting event.

But Kilmer insists he was kept off stage by the painful stomach virus.

A source reveals, "He wanted to go to Wimbledon and perform afterwards, but the doctor wouldn't let him."

29/06/2005 02:00