"I've never done said or written a single idea that wasn't of the highest respect and admiration for #cateblanchett or any other great talent," Kilmer said in his defense.
"She's a friend of mine and I've met her husband thru the years and we've all gotten along just fine. Anyone who thinks I need to curb my enthusiasm for a great rare artist doesn't understand how difficult the job is and how we artist count on the respect of our peers. She will back up every word I say n love that I say I love her. I would love an actor I didn't even enjoy if he flew the world to talk about a role."
Kilmer's fascination with Blanchett goes back a decade or more, as the actor told Elle in 2006 that he "forgot" he was acting in the 2003 film "The Missing" and just stared at her instead.
"I think she probably got a sense of it when I not only forgot my dialogue in the scene, I forgot that I was acting, I forgot I was on a movie set, and I just stood there staring at her," he told the magazine.
See Kilmer's tweets below.
Once I flew all the way to Australia just to talk to Cate Blanchett. Her husband met me first. Or, instead, I guess, to be accurate. pic.twitter.com/xSoYxRi0jh