Christian Slater

(Christian Michael Leonard Slater)

Christian Slater
Christian Slater
  • Born: August 18, 1969
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actor, Voice Actor, Producer

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Christian Michael Leonard Slater is an American actor, voice actor, and producer. He made his film debut with a leading role in The Legend of Billie Jean (1985) and gained wider recognition for his breakthrough role as Jason “J.D.” Dean, a sociopathic high school student, in the satire Heathers (1988). In the 1990s, Slater starred in a number of big budget films, including Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Interview with the Vampire (1994), FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992), Broken Arrow (1996), and Hard Rain (1998) as well as cult films like Pump Up the Volume (1990) and True Romance (1992). Since 2000, Slater has combined work in the film business with television. He currently has the title-role in the USA Network TV series Mr. Robot (2015–), for which he earned the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film in 2016, with additional nominations in 2017 and 2018. Slater also appeared in The West Wing and Alias and starred in Breaking In and Mind Games.

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After I did Untamed Heart I wanted to do a film that was outrageous. I really wanted to do, you know, a performance. I don't want to allow my image to rule the choices that I make.
Art does imitate life, it has to come from somewhere. To put boundaries and limitations on it doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Life ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
As I've gotten to know myself over the years, I realised I'm kind of a sweet, sensitive guy, a shy guy, and communication is not something I'm so good at.
As you get older you learn some balance and mediation in your life - that's where I am right now. I feel pretty comfortable about things. Life
Eighty-five per cent of the time, people want to talk about 'True Romance.' That's the film I've made that really seems to have stuck with people. Time
Good judgement comes from experience. Sometimes, experience comes from bad judgement.
Hopefully, that people could see a progression in my performances because that's how it's always felt to me.
How do I feel about being a star now? Well I still try to live life and enjoy what I am doing. Life
I can promote until I am blue in the face, but ultimately nobody knows what makes a hit.
I did regret not graduating high school, but I made a point of going back and getting my GED later. It was important for my kids.
I don't think of myself as offbeat and weird. As a kid, I saw myself as the type of guy who would run into a burning building to save the baby.
I enjoy the process of TV; I like the pace of it; I like the continual work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I had such a good time working with John Woo and John Travolta, and it was so professional. I want to work with people who are real professionals. Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I have brought a PS2 on set with me before. But games can be really addicting, and that's dangerous. So I tend to keep it fairly limited on a certain level.
I think games are starting to branch out. It's not just guys sitting at their computer stations. Games are so fun, that everybody gets into them a little bit.
I thought I'd get over being insecure if I became famous, but it hasn't happened. It just gets worse, really. You get more and more on edge, more nervous. These are all the things I'm dealing with. You think if you get famous, fear will go away and problems will go away. But they don't. Fame
I took a lot of time off after Mobsters and although I did something I had never done before, which was to direct a play, The Laughter Epidemic, it felt like a vacation. Time
I want to do films I can relate to emotionally.
I was a shy, quiet kid. I was happiest playing by myself with my toys, rather than hanging around people.
I was always such an incredible fan of John Woo, I just wanted to do this film with him.
If I make a move, like raise my eyebrows, some critic says I'm doing Nicholson. What am I supposed to do, cut off my eyebrows?
If you can help guide somebody through a challenging moment because you've been there, that ends up becoming a great gift.
I'm blown away by the graphical detail of today's games. I can't imagine that it's going to get any better, but it's just going to continually progress and soon we'll be living in that world.
I'm not a religious person by any means. But I certainly believe in some kind of a higher power and something looking out for me. I've definitely had angels that have either guided me or helped me through moments in my life, without a doubt. Life ;Power
I'm trying not to put myself into anything I'm not 100 percent confident about.
In truth, making films doesn't feel like hard work because I always have such a good time doing it. Truth ;Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It still amazes me when I look at some of the films I've been a part of, and some of the people I've gotten to meet and work with. I also look back sometimes and realize that I was lucky to have lived through them and even to have survived them, at times. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It's almost like these games are the modern day comic books, especially when you play Alone in the Dark. There's a real story that goes along with it and a movie seemed like the right kind of transition to make.
I've always been fond of Winona Ryder.
I've been taking my time now between projects looking for stuff that has a little bit more substance, that isn't surface. Some of the films that I've done in the past really were surface. Time
I've calmed down, certainly, from the days of being 18, but I'm still having a good time. Time
Jail was a result of me not taking time for myself. So I was forced to take some time for myself. Time
My dad was a theater actor, so I would follow him backstage. And my mom was a casting director. The moment I heard the applause and realized it would get me out of school, I was hooked. Families, Children & Parenting
My family was amazing; they exposed me to the world of show business, and, boy, it was the '70s and I got to spend a lot of time backstage at theaters and see the inner workings of how this entertainment industry is really put together. Time ;Business, Commerce & Finance ;Families, Children & Parenting
My mom put me in a Pampers commercial on TV.
The '80s was a wild decade, and I had some fantastic times. And I did some really fun work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The guys from Atari that are making the next Alone in the Dark game came and we had a great meeting. I'd love to do that. I'm a fan of videogames. I like them. And to get to be part of one of them would be a fun and exciting thing. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The movies I've made at a certain time of my life were exactly right for the stage of my life, the frame of mind I was in at the time. Each character I've had to play has been me in that time in my life. Life ;Time ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The way I see it, if you're going to make an action movie, you've got to make one with John Woo.
There was a time when I felt I should do everything that was offered to me, you know, ride the wave. Time
There's something about doing theatre in London - it sinks a little bit deeper into your soul as an actor. It's something about the tradition of theatre, about performing on the West End stage.
This is what Hollywood tends to do. It tends to disregard tradition, history and anything factual, twisting it and turning it and making it all okay regardless of what the English may think of it. History
Tony Scott was one of the best directors I've ever worked with, and I was devastated when I heard about his death. He was a great guy with great energy. But this is a difficult business, and people's lives are sometimes difficult. Death ;Business, Commerce & Finance
Well, obviously, as soon as I'd finished the script I read a lot of books on Winston Churchill, and started to gain weight and really prepare emotionally, mentally and physically for the role.

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