Val Kilmer's ranch will soon be open for business.
At a hearing today, commissioners in New Mexico's San Miguel County agreed to let the actor turn his 5,970-acre Pecos River Ranch into a bed-and-breakfast after he apologized to his neighbors for trash talking the state.
Kilmer said he understood people getting upset "when you hear negative things about a place you love."
Earlier this week, northern New Mexicans told Wall Street Journal they wanted an apology from aging action hero for disparaging comments he made about the state and veterans in a 2003 interview with Rolling Stone and a 2005 interview with Esquire.
The 2005 Esquire story featured Kilmer explaining that he understands how to play a Vietnam veteran better than someone who actually fought in the war because 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's explanation: He was misquoted. Both times.
The Esquire story goes on to quote Kilmer as saying, "I've probably made as much money as six hundred thousand or eight hundred thousand people in this state. It's a crazy thing to say, you know? I live on a ranch that's larger than Manhattan. That's a weird circumstance."
It's unclear whether Kilmer believes that's a misquote too -- Manhattan is, as the article's author, Chuck Klosterman, points out, 14,563 acres, more than twice the size of Kilmer's ranch.