ROBOT STARS SHOW THEY CAN HACK IT
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.”