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Mr. Robot hacker Rami Malek is terrible with computers

Published 24/08/2016

Rami Malek
Rami Malek

The actor took typing lessons after Mr. Robot show bosses reprimanded him for looking like he was playing the piano instead of using a computer.

Rami Malek is terrible with computers despite playing a hacker on his TV show Mr. Robot.

The 35-year-old confessed to being technologically-challenged while on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday (23Aug16).

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

"(I knew) nothing at all. I'm a terrible typer (sic) too. It's so sad," he told Colbert about his computer skills.

And, when asked if he was dramatically typing so the show bosses wouldn't 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 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,'" he said with a smile.

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 Elliot.

"I get a lot of mail I have to refer back to the police department and the CIA," he told Colbert with a laugh.

The not-so tech-savvy actor also admitted to disliking social media as it pits people against each other. "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 on social media. Things seem very manicured, I think it pits people against each other."

Colbert then managed to convince Malek, who has more than 100,000 followers on Instagram but no posts, to share his first photo on the social media 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, on Instagram with the caption, "The day @colbertlateshow hacked my Instagram."

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