Although beloved actor Val Kilmer lost his voice following a battle with throat cancer, he’s apparently regained it by way of modern technology. Specifically, Val Kilmer was able to reacquire his voice with AI technology created by Sonatic. Sonatic is a UK-based software firm, and they specialize in cloning voices with their AI technology. Now you can actually hear Val Kilmer’s new voice created by Sonatic’s AI technology.
Val Kilmer – who once played Batman – emphasized how grateful he was to Sonatic for the opportunity to work with them.
“I’m grateful to the entire team at Sonantic who masterfully restored my voice in a way I’ve never imagined possible. As human beings, the ability to communicate is the core of our existence and the side effects from throat cancer have made it difficult for others to understand me. The chance to narrate my story, in a voice that feels authentic and familiar, is an incredibly special gift.”
This sentiment was also shared by Sonatic co-founder and CEO Zeena Qureshi:
“I spent nine years helping children with autism learn how to use their voice as a better instrument for communication. The project with Val demonstrated again how empowering it can be when people overcome challenges with speaking.”
As you can hear for yourself in the following video:
“My voice as I knew it was taken away from me. People around me struggle to understand when I’m talking. But despite all that I still feel I’m the exact same person. Still the same creative soul. A soul that dreams ideas and stories confidently, but now I can express myself again, bring these ideas to you, and show you this part of myself once more. A part that was never truly gone. Just hiding away.”
It’s definitely an amazing thing, and it’s great to know that Val Kilmer will still be able to use his voice even if it’s with the aid of AI technology. What’s more, fans can now watch Val – a documentary created by Val Kilmer to chronicle the events of his own life. The documentary was created before Val Kilmer had access to his new voice, but no doubt going forward we should begin seeing him use it in all sorts of new projects and personal interactions.