RO­BOT STARS SHOW THEY CAN HACK IT

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

THERE was some­thing so very timely about last year’s break­out stream­ing hit Mr Ro­bot – a world go­ing to pot through cor­po­rate evil, con­spir­a­cies, lies, greed and the com­puter hack­tivists who aim to keep things hon­est – that you won­der whether the show’s cre­ator Sam Es­mail had a crys­tal ball while he was writ­ing it.

“Sam is friends with all of these hack­ers and he knows this world,” smiles ac­tor Rami Malek, who has been some­thing of a break­out star in the role of bril­liant-yet-dam­aged hacker El­liott. “The at­mos­phere of this show just breeds anx­i­ety. What I know now through work­ing on this show just makes you ques­tion ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing.”

As sea­son two hits Presto this week, we con­tinue to get to know Malek’s char­ac­ter.

When the se­ries started, El­liot was a so­cially awk­ward, dru­gad­dicted, de­pres­sive, com­puter pro­gram­mer by day and a ge­nius hacker at night.

En­ter the charis­matic Mr Ro­bot (Chris­tian Slater), who co­erced him into join­ing his group of hack­ers to bring down not only dodgy cor­po­ra­tion E-Corp, but to change the world in the process.

Malek says the sea­son’s theme will cen­tre on El­liott deal­ing with the fall­out of an ir­re­versible choice.

“It’s how you deal with the reper­cus­sions of set­ting out to do some­thing you’re pas­sion­ate about, and the havoc that it wreaks,” he says. “And ques­tion­ing what we’re all will­ing to do for some­thing we want.”

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