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Christian Slater Opens Up About His Father: “He's a Manic-Depressive Schizophrenic”

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Christian Slater may have had a troubled relationship with his dad, but it sounds like the two are finally reconciling.

The Heathers star has opened up about his father like never before during a chat with his Nymphomaniac director Lars Von Trier for the new issue of Interview magazine.

“He’s a manic-depressive schizophrenic,” Slaters said “He’s always had trouble—he was a fantastic actor and extraordinarily charismatic and very, very good looking, but he had a really difficult time working with directors, collaborating with people.”

Until recently, Slater hadn’t spoken to his father for nine years. However, his father is “in a place now, getting a lot of help from someone,” Slater says.

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“[I]n the last few months my father actually reached out to me and wanted to reconcile and reconnect,” Slater says. “I was very grateful to be able to communicate with him. From a tumultuous, back-and-forth relationship, we were able to begin to build a better bridge for the both of us. So that was good.”

As for Slater himself, the 45-year-old actor says he’s “happily married” and has a “great relationship” with his kids. In fact, his 16-year-old son is moving in with them. “I’m excited to get the opportunity to be a bit more of a father in his life,” he says.

When von Trier asks if he’s living a “golden life right now,” Slater says, “It is probably more golden than I will ever acknowledge, you know? I have that glass-half-empty syndrome, and it takes a great deal of effort to climb out of the hole of darkness that I choose to live in mentally.”

It’s definitely more half-full these days, Mr. Slater!

Afterall, he will next be seen in Mr. Robot, a new television series about a group of underground computer hackers that picked up the Audience Award earlier this year at South by Southwest.

Mr. Robot premieres on the USA Network on June 24.

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