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Why Richard Quinn From Netflix's Chupa Looks So Familiar

"Chupa," which hit Netflix on April 7, follows a teenage boy visiting his family in Mexico who discovers and befriends a chupacabra. Unfortunately, there's a sinister corporation looking to capture the mythical creature, believing it has healing powers that can revolutionize the health industry. Its man on the ground, Richard Quinn (Christian Slater), is torn between wanting to study the chupacabra for the betterment of humankind and protect it from his employers.

Slater spoke to MovieWeb about the character the day before the film's release. "It was an exciting story. I like this Indiana Jones type of character," he said. "It was a fun character to take on. This guy investigating a myth, a legend, a fairy tale, a fantasy. I thought the whole concept of that was very exciting. I look forward to this guy looking for Bigfoot next." Here's why Richard Quinn, the antagonist of "Chupa," looks so familiar.

Christian Slater played J.D. in Heathers

In "Heathers," Christian Slater appears as J.D., a rebellious student at Westerburg High School, where cliques rule the halls. Three of the four members of 1988's version of the Mean Girls are named Heather, while the fourth is named Veronica (Winona Ryder). She and J.D. devise a plan to kill everyone and make the murders look self-inflicted.

While the film is some of the darkest humor you can find in cinema and its subject matter didn't age well, Slater's portrayal of the angsty teen was the first of his career to garner attention. It makes sense since he channeled a legend for the role. "In 'Heathers,' I did a little of this Jack Nicholson thing, you see, like he was in 'Witches of Eastwick,'" the young actor told Entertainment Tonight in 1989, "where I really lost my mind, basically, and I still kept the voice a little."

He played Will Scarlett in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

There was a time in cinematic history when an American played Robin Hood, and they didn't even try to hide it. In 1991, legends of film Kevin Costner ("The Postman," "Dances with Wolves"), Morgan Freeman ("Invictus," "Se7en"), and Alan Rickman ("Die Hard," "Harry Potter") came together to give us "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves."

Joining them was Christian Slater as the angry Will Scarlett, who is revealed to be Robin Hood's estranged half-brother, the product of an affair that Robin's father had. While Will jumped from side to side throughout the movie when he succumbed to his emotions, he ultimately ended up on the right side against the Sheriff of Nottingham (Rickman) at the end.

While Slater had plenty of credits to his name for his age, he still had to try to stand next to some of the biggest actors in the world at the time. Fortunately, he found a way to become what could be argued as the heart of the story — Robin Hood sets out to fight the Sheriff because of the slight to his family, but in doing so, he discovers he has a whole new family waiting for him, with his half-brother at the center.

Slater was Clarence Worley in True Romance

Among Quentin Tarantino's best films is 1993's "True Romance," which follows Clarence Worley (Christian Slater), a nobody in Detroit who meets and falls in love with a call girl named Alabama Whitman (Patricia Arquette). With the encouragement of an apparition of Elvis Presley (Val Kilmer), Clarence kills Alabama's pimp, Drexl Spivey (Gary Oldman), and takes a bag from him that he believes contains items belonging to Alabama but that actually contains cocaine. The two then take off for Los Angeles with the intent to sell it.

Here, Slater does what he does best throughout his career, and he holds his own among the more prominent names that surround him. Slater gave his rundown of the film in an interview posted by Jack Traven. "It's a love story set in just a completely wild, turbulent type of atmosphere," he revealed. "It's just a whirlwind of insanity, really."

He interviewed Louis in Interview with the Vampire

While the majority of "Interview with the Vampire" follows vampire Louis (Brad Pitt) as he navigates immortality with his companion Lestat (Tom Cruise), it begins with and occasionally checks in on the present. Christian Slater appears as Malloy, a journalist who is taken on a journey through time as Louis regales him with his story. The end of the film sees Louis scaring Molloy out of the building after the latter asks the former to turn him into a vampire. As the mortal flees, he comes face to face with Lestat, who attacks him and gives him the choice to become a vampire.

Slater recently revealed to CinemaBlend that he would like to revisit the character for a very specific reason tied to the ending. "I felt like, with 'Interview with the Vampire,' [Molloy] did get bitten on the neck by [Lestat] and he says at the end of the movie 'I'll give you the choice that I never had,'" the actor said. "I'm curious to know what choice did that character make?"

Slater battled a villainous John Travolta in Broken Arrow

1996's "Broken Arrow" sees Captain Riley Hale (Christian Slater) take on fellow U.S. Air Force pilot Major Vic Deakins (John Travolta) as the latter attempts to steal nuclear warheads from the plane they are flying. While Slater isn't your typical action hero, his and Travolta's quick-witted banter as former friends turned enemies is a bright spot in an otherwise forgettable film.

Slater talked about what it was like working with director John Woo on the stunts in an episode of "The Movie Show" in 1996. "You could get hurt, sure. But there were, certainly, as many precautions taken as possible," the actor said. "That was one of the other things I really respected about John Woo. He didn't treat the actors as meat or anything like that. He really had a great respect for us and wanted to make sure we were very careful."

He was the titular character on Mr. Robot

"Mr. Robot," which follows Allsafe cybersecurity engineer Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), features Christian Slater as the titular Mr. Robot, who recruits Elliot into a group of hacktivists known as fsociety who are attempting to erase all consumer debt by encrypting the data of the largest conglomerate in the world, E Corp. Complicating this are a few simple facts. First, E Corp is Allsafe's biggest client. Second, Elliot suffers from multiple mental illnesses. And third, Mr. Robot isn't real; he is a construct in Elliot's mind created to inspire him to take action.

Slater revealed to Entertainment Weekly at San Diego Comic-Con 2015 that he had never been all that tech-savvy, but the role helped him remedy that part of himself and changed his outlook on online security. "It's made me a little bit more aware, certainly, of what's going on out there in the world," he said. "And just how scary it is when a small group can have such power over huge companies."