BY BRIAN NIEMETZ
If we’re confronting a lot of sticky questions as a culture right now, then the hacker thriller “Mr. Robot” is a show in tune with the Zeitgeist , figures series star Rami Malek.
“There are times in this show and in this series where we adamantly ask those really confounding questions; if someone like this was put into power, or if this hack happened, what are the inevitable consequences and how do we collectively as a culture and on our own two feet handle them? Where do we go from there?
“And what this show does so well is have a sense of an awakening and a sense of responsibility, that it asks the viewer to have and our society as a whole is having right now. In that sense it’s I think the most culturally, socially and politically progressive piece of entertainment, if I may be so bold, on television today.”
Malek, who nabbed an Emmy last year for his portrayal of misfit hacker genius Elliot Alderson, spoke with us at a “For Your Consideration” screening and panel discussion on the Lower East Side on Thursday. Co-stars Christian Slater, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday and Grace Gummer were likewise on hand, to stir up interest in the third season of the USA hit, which won’t return to the small screen until October.
As for what to expect, few details have been revealed — but show creator and showrunner Sam Esmail, who’ll direct all 10 episodes, has thrown out the word “disintegration” to characterize what’s in store.
Will the current political situation be reflected in the upcoming season?
“Sadly everything that came out politically with our show ended up mimicking so much what was happening in reality,” Malek told us. “It did kind of strike some fear in me that Sam had some dark way of predicting the future. I started to limit my political conversations with him. I was afraid they were going to end up in bad news.”
In other news, Malek — who’s up for another Emmy this year — has a couple of films in the works: a remake of the prison drama “Papillon,” directed by Michael Noer, and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” in which he’ll star as Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury.