Christian Slater is not feeling the kind of pressure for his new Fox series, "Breaking In," that he did with his last two shows: "My Own Worst Enemy" and "The Forgotten."
"It's just a lot looser situation. It's better," he said. "Not that there's anything wrong with the shows I have done, but this is a fun show. It's fun for me. I get to do a lot of stuff I haven't done in a long time so it's a world I'm definitely enjoying."
"Breaking In" is new workplace comedy about a high-tech security firm that takes extreme measures to sell their protection services. You don't want any member of this team testing your security systems.
Slater's happy to work on a half-hour comedy show.
"With a show like 'My Own Worst Enemy,' I don't know if anybody would have been able to keep up that pace if it were to continue. Nine episodes were plenty," Slater said. "It was hard because no one was making any clear-cut decisions on whether it was a comedy or a drama. It ended up making everybody feel very, very confused. With this, you know what it is: a character-driven comedy."
He likes getting back to some of acting ways that drew comparisons between Slater and Jack Nicholson when he made his acting debut in the early '80s. His character Oz comes with cool attitude, sharp sunglasses and expensive cigars.
"Oz is just a guy who's got his finger in a lot of different pots. He'll jump off to Dubai for the night and swing back and still be able to take care of business," Slater said. "Look, I love wearing shades, and if I can get away with it and there's an opportunity to do it in this deal and smoke a cigar and they'll let me do it, I mean, it's a dream gig. It's a dream gig."
Slater could have walked away from TV because he's got almost a dozen films to be released or to start filming in the next year. His last two TV shows were tough, but not enough to kill Slater's enjoyment of working on the small screen.
"This was just another good opportunity where the timing was right and it was the best comedy role to come my way in a long time," Slater said.
There's no question that Slater is the star of the show. But he likes that he's part of an ensemble that includes Odette Annable, Bret Harrison and Alphonso McAuley.
Slater jokes Oz will be on screen more than Charlie in "Charlie's Angels," but he won't be in every scene. Don't be surprised if you see him smiling.