Christian Slater has no regrets about succumbing to the destructive, fast-paced Hollywood lifestyle as a teenager.

The BROKEN ARROW star is convinced any 19-year-old man who suddenly scores big screen fame would sample the drugs and women that come with success - as he did.

And Slater remembers his hedonistic years fondly after rocketing to prominence in 1986 movie The Name of the Rose, alongside SIR Sean Connery.

The 35-year-old says, "When you have success so young, people are queuing up to offer things to you - women, drugs, drink and the chance of an easy lifestyle.

"I thought, 'I'm going to take it. This might all go away.' I didn't think of the longterm. I was also a healthy young guy, so I liked girls and having a good time.

"It did not take much to tempt me into other things, like a line of cocaine. I was not in some kind of living hell. I had money in my pocket, a lot of attention and was living the life.

"People wanted to say how great I was - and I was 18 or 19. I defy anyone in that position not to have their head turned."

Slater is currently starring in the West End, London, stage version of Jack Nicholson classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

14/11/2004 21:21