Actor plays a hacker in the popular US drama
Mr Robot star Rami Malek has admitted he is “terrible with computers” despite playing a hacker in the hit drama.
The 35-year-old actor confessed to being technologically-challenged on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night (August 23).
Malek plays computer whizz Elliot, a cyber-security engineer by day and a vigilante hacker by night in the show, who is recruited by an underground group led by Mr. Robot, played by Christian Slater. The second season of the US series is currently being aired in the UK on Amazon Prime.
“(I knew) nothing at all. I’m a terrible typer (sic) too. It’s so sad,” he revealed. You can watch the interview below.
When asked if he was dramatically typing so the show bosses wouldn’t notice, Malek admitted he had been told off for doing so.
He added: “I did start to do that, but I quickly got reprimanded. They’re like, ‘You’re not playing the piano’. Because that’s what it (his typing) looked like.
“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 mail from fans and hackers who tell him how much they are inspired by his character.
“I get a lot of mail I have to refer back to the police department and the CIA,” he explained.
Malek, who has more than 100,000 followers on Instagram but no posts, was also persuaded to share his first photo on the social media site. You can view that post below.