Christian Slater was saved from a vicious attack by a knifeman outside a London theatre by his quick-thinking bodyguard.

The Hollywood actor's was attacked by the maniac wielding a kitchen knife on Friday (21JAN05) - as he left the British capital's Gielgud Theatre following his performance of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST - but was prevented from serious injury by his security guard who jumped in and was slashed across the arm.

Slater, 35, was back on stage last night (22JAN05) despite being badly-shaken by the incident.

A witness says, "At first it just looked like a bit of a scuffle with autograph hunters.

"But when the security guard shouted it was clear it was something serious."

23/01/2005 14:40