Christian Slater’s father is suing the actor over remarks the star made about him in a 2015 interview. Thomas Knight Slater, a.k.a. Michael Hawkins, is upset that Christian suggested he is mentally ill.
Slater told Interview magazine: “I haven’t seen him in a few years. We just spoke recently. He’s a manic-depressive schizophrenic. 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.”
He added, “My father actually reached out to me and wanted to reconcile and reconnect. 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.”
The older Slater says the “Mr. Robot” star ruined his acting career by talking about his alleged mental illness. He insists his son had no right and no information to make the comments.
Slater, 80, filed a $20 million lawsuit in Los Angeles on Wednesday. He claims his son’s remarks suggesting he has schizophrenia “blacklisted” him in Hollywood even though his last acting credit was “Midnight Run” in 1988, according to IMDB.
He appeared in soap operas including “Ryan’s Hope” and “As The World Turns.” He also appeared in the films “The Amityville Horror,” “Midnight Run” and “Mommie Dearest” and also acted under the name Michael Gainsborough. Slater married Christian’s mother Mary Jo in 1966. They split in 1976.