The irony: ‘Mr Robot’ actor is terrible with computers

Rami Malek confesses he is technologically challenged

News Desk August 26, 2016
Malek said he does not like social media either. PHOTO: FILE

Rami Malek has admitted he is terrible with computers. The Mr. Robot actor confessed to being technologically challenged while on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, reported New!

Ironically, the 35-year-old plays Elliot, a cyber security engineer by day and vigilante hacker by night, who is recruited by an underground group led by Mr. Robot, played by Christian Slater.

“I know nothing at all. I’m a terrible typer too. It’s so sad,” he told Colbert about his computer skills.

When asked if he was dramatically typing so the show bosses would not notice he was rubbish with computers, Malek admitted he had, in fact, been told off for doing so. “I did start to do that, but I quickly got reprimanded. They’re like, ‘You’re not playing the piano’. Because that’s what my typing looked like,” he said. “I had to take typing lessons. Someone actually came to my house and gave me typing lessons. And after a few sessions of that, I was like, ‘No, I can cover this with just pure acting’.”

Malek’s role as an anti-hero bringing down corporations in the show has also brought him some surprising mails from fans and hackers who tell him how much they are inspired by his character. “I get many mails that I have to refer back to the police department and the CIA,” he quipped.

The actor also confessed to disliking social media. “I’m not crazy about social media,” Malek explained. “It’s a little bit polarising. It’s difficult to figure out what exactly is happening there. Things seem manicured ... I think it pits people against each other.”

Colbert then managed to convince Malek, who has no posts but over 100,000 followers on Instagram, to share his first photo on the photo-sharing site. “I’m a part of society, officially!” Malek exclaimed, as the pair posed for a photo with a selfie stick. The blurry picture was shared by the star, as promised, with the caption, “The day @colbertlateshow hacked my Instagram.”

Published in The Express Tribune, August 27th, 2016.

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