Rami Malek

'Mr. Robot' hews close to current events, sometimes so close it's 'an out-of-body experience'

'Mr. Robot' hews close to current events, sometimes so close it's 'an out-of-body experience'

Now in production for its third season, “Mr. Robot” is never far from the pulse of current events. A couple of weeks ago, the dystopian computer hacker drama was in mid-shoot at an FBI field office when news broke that bureau Director James Comey had been fired. “One of the lines of dialogue is referencing Comey,” Sam Esmail, the show’s creator, recalled. “That was a little surreal and kind of an out-of-body experience.”

Esmail might as easily be describing the USA Network series, whose dark and downbeat second season unfolded much within the imagination of its mentally unstable antihero, Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), as he fought to free himself from his manipulative alter-ego, Mr....

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