Put simply: If anyone but Malek was playing jittery drug addict/hacker Eliot Alderson, Mr. Robot wouldn't work. The perfect mix of cocky disruptor and broken loner, Malek offers a devastating portrait of what it means to be truly trapped and alone inside your own mentally ill head. Every choice, from the way Elliot moves and speaks (to characters as well as the audience) to the way his captivating eyes flutter off into nothingness, makes Elliot that much more fascinating to watch. Whether experiencing a morphine withdrawal fever dream or crying alone in his apartment because he just wants to be normal Elliot is a fascinating tour guide through the show's slightly off-kilter world.
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