Will Mr Robot hack our democracy when Rami Malek and Christian Slater arrive on USA on June 24th, 2015?
USA Network has been busy promoting Mr Robot, starring Rami Malek and Christian Slater, with “Who is Mr. Robot” and a website asking for your email address.
The promos began with ads asking “Who is Mr. Robot,” then they added a website address. It looked like your TV was hacked. When you went to the website, it looked like a phishing website, especially when it asked for your email address. But it was all just a clever ploy to get interest in the new USA series Mr Robot!
The series stars Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, cyber-security whiz engineer during the day for Allsafe Security, which isn’t necessarily all safe, and hacker vigilante when night falls. Elliot has been described as a “socially stunted, morphine-snorting, hoodie-headed misfit with saucer eyes and pale gray skin.” Sounds more like a little gray alien than a vulnerable human filled with paranoia, who suffers from anxiety disorder and chronic depression, is an anti-capitalist, and whose best friend is the imaginary one in his head that he talks to.
Mr. Robot is a psychological thriller mixing politics, worldwide economics, and technology anarchists, as Elliot tracks and becomes involved with Christian Slater‘s character, Mr Robot, who is part of an anonymous group of fellows who control the world. Kind of like the Illuminati! Their goal is to liberate all of us from economic slavery by destroying all record of global debt. Mortgagees all paid. Student debt eradicated. Credit card debt erased. Too bad this is just a TV series!
The target of Mr Robot is E Corp, lovingly referred to as “Evil Corp,” that Elliot is paid to protect, but not necessarily from hacker Elliot, our rebel hero whose reality may be more delusional than real. But who cares! His intense eyes and internal voice sucks you in and doesn’t let go. While voice-overs can be annoying, these suck you in and then snaps you back to reality.
Rami Malek, who plays Elliot, was born in Los Angeles on May 12, 1981, went to Notre Dame High School, and graduated from the University of Evansville in Indiana with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He began acting in 2004 with roles that have included Andy in “Gilmore Girls,” Timothy Kercher in “Medium,” Ahkmenrah in “Night at the Museum,” Marcos Al-Zacar in “24,” Benjamin in “The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn Part 2,” and Steve Dibiasi in “Larry Crowne,” which starred Tom Hanks who also wrote, directed, and produced it. Rami has an identical twin brother who was born four minutes after him.
Christian Slater, who plays Mr. Robot, was born in New York on August 18, 1969. He started his career on the ABC soap “Ryan’s Hope” followed by broadway shows including “The Music Man,” “Macbeth,” “Merlin,” and “The Glass Menagerie.” His film break came as Binx in “The Legend of Billie Jean.” In addition to film and TV, he also does voice-overs and is the voice of “Slater” in the animated series “Archer.” His other film and TV credits are too numerous to mention.
The series is created and executive produced by Sam Esmail, a self-described techie nerd, who was inspired by the recent social media upheavals in Egypt and by his disappointment with other onscreen hacker shows. He intends the series to be a dark, fast-paced hacker drama where the hacks are “dramatically heightened” and real. He also admits that Elliot “is a thinly veiled version of myself.”
Sam Esmail on Mr Robot
There was this growing frustration over the years seeing all these movies and shows about hacking that got it wrong. We don’t water down the lingo or spoon-feed our audience.
Everything is based on real technology. To keep the hacks real, the series has expert Michael Bazzell, who has worked with the cyber task force of the FBI. He advises on things such as how long it would take for a password to be cracked, or if a piece of code is accurate. According to Bazzell, “if there’s any computer script on the screen, it’s accurate.” While the goal is to keep things real, they’re stopping short of showing people how to really hack, which he says, “could be irresponsible.” Too bad!
Promotional pictures of Mr Robot
Extended sneak peek for Mr Robot
The series Mr Robot starts hacking on the USA Network on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015, at 10/9c!
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