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Christian Slater: 'The era of abuse has to come to an end'

Monday, November 06, 2017 - 01:52

Christian Slater, currently starring in David Mamet's play Glengarry Glen Ross in London, discusses abuse of power in Hollywood and a lack of integrity in politics. David Doyle reports.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR CHRISTIAN SLATER, SAYING: "Always be closing". Christian Slater in London, starring in Glengarry Glen Ross at the Playhouse Theatre. David Mamet's play about greed and abuse of power in a 1980s real estate firm. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR CHRISTIAN SLATER, SAYING: "A very male-dominated, testosterone-riddled play, so it's kind of nice to hold that up as a mirror and reflection as to sort of where we are today." And that world today is one where abuse of power has been dominating headlines, such as the allegations of sexual harassment by powerful figures in showbiz and politics. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR CHRISTIAN SLATER, SAYING: "I think for a long time we've been sweeping so many things under the carpet and kind of living with these hush-hush little secrets that everybody kind of knows about but doesn't really want to do anything about. That era has to come to an end, and women and men and everbody has to feel comfortable in the workplace, and in every place. And this sort of behaviour of taking advantage and manipulating people, that's over." For director Sam Yates, the play shines a light on how language is used to control people - something he thinks is particularly presicent now. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS DIRECTOR SAM YATES, SAYING: "We have a president in the United States who cut his teeth selling real estate in the 80s. So, the way language is used by these guys in the play there's certainly many, many echoes with how you see Trump buying for time or covering up a huge lack of understanding or pushing somethin a point or selling something basically." Slater says that kind of obfuscation must be swept away. SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR CHRISTIAN SLATER, SAYING: "There's too many salesmen, too many people worried about other people's agendas and voters to actually communciate in an honest and direct way."

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Christian Slater: 'The era of abuse has to come to an end'

Monday, November 06, 2017 - 01:52