Without Rami Malek, Mr. Robot Would’ve Been a Failure

Norman Weiss
TV Tattle

Without Rami Malek, Mr. Robot would’ve been a failure

“Take away Malek and the whole show implodes,” says Tim Goodman, who cites all the ways the USA series should’ve failed. He adds that without Malek, "It doesn’t, not even for five minutes, work. You can’t put Jon Hamm in that role and have a show. You can't put — well, I’ve done this little exercise on down the line like obsessively — anyone else in that role and have it work. It can’t be pictured. So two things are at play here. Not only is Malek absolute perfection in the same way that Tatiana Maslany is for Orphan Black, but he represents the ultimate exclamation point about the importance of casting.” PLUS: Mr. Robot is eerily realistic, here’s your Mr. Robot conspiracy field guide, Mr. Robot’s visual aesthetic succeeds by being confrontational and in your face, what other shows should learn from Mr. Robot, how Mr. Robot’s cinematographer conveys loneliness, and Mr. Robot killed capitalism, the centerpiece of prestige TV.


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