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Greetings and salutations: Christian Slater talks about TV role

Published May 5, 2011

Is Christian Slater a product of the '80s ... or '90s? We probably know him best from 1988's Heathers, but truth is that Slater did a TON of TV movies and other big-screen productions during our decade. (Sadly, you probably don't recall him in Secrets, Twisted or The Name of the Rose.)

Think of what movie you know him second-best for: Probably Pump Up the Volume. Or Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Untamed Heart, Kuffs, True Romance, Murder in the First, Interview with the Vampire. All features of the '90s.

All interesting roles, but I think first of 1989's Gleaming the Cube, where he plays slacker/skater Brian Kelly, who finds himself investigating his adopted brother's murder. (Wow, it sounds awful, but it's pretty watchable.)

Nowadays, you can catch Slater on the small screen again, where he's co-starring on Fox's Breaking In, which airs after American Idol on Wednesdays. He recently spoke to USA Today about the show -- "Really all I would ask America is just to not change the channel after American Idol,. They don't even have to watch the show" -- and parts of his personal life. Click here to read the full article.


5. "The extreme always seems to make an impression."

4. "Greetings and salutations... you a Heather?"

3. "Chaos was what killed the dinosaurs, darling."

2. "People will look at the ashes of Westerburg and say, "Now there's a school that self-destructed, not because society didn't care, but because the school was society." Now that's deep."

1. "Our love is God, let's go get a Slushie."

Posted by Steve Spears at 9:05:59 am on May 04, 2011