Number Seven: Rami Was Inspired by DeNiro
Wallström wasn’t the only actor who got inspired by an iconic not-so-mentally-stable movie character. Rami found was influenced by Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle (played by Robert DeNiro), who also happens to be an unstable loner living in New York. Darren Aronofsky’s masterpiece Pi was another source of inspiration for him.
Number Six: The Cast of Mr. Robot Was Instructed to Not Look at Christian Slater
Knowing the ambiguity of Mr. Robot’s character (played by Christian Slater), the rest of the cast were instructed to not pay attention to him on scenes were both Slater and Malek were acting together. This was done to make it look like Slater is not present in those scenes at all.
Number Five: The Creators Only Used Real Locations
Every exterior you see on Mr. Robot is real. The show creators denied using green screens and sets to recreate New York because the wanted the show to look as authentic as possible in order to capture the real essence of the city.
Number Four: All Screens Are Real
Not only are locations real on the show, but also every screen you see on computers and cell phones, which were created before shooting began. No “burn-ins” or post-production methods were used to recreate them!
Number Three: It’s Making Rami Malek Paranoid
Playing a brilliant, asocial hacker with social anxiety issues must get into your head somehow. “The more I’ve worked on this show, the more I refrain from getting on the computer or on my phone, because I realize just how fragile our information [is], and how susceptible it is to being compromised.”
Number Two: Elliot’s Desk Was Made to Look Impersonal
We know Elliot is a cold, dark character, and the Set Dressing team tried to make this personality trait even more obvious by keeping Elliot’s desk at the office clean and free of any personal items.
Number One: It Was Influenced By ‘Fight Club’
Mr. Robot bears a striking resemblance to Fincher’s film, which begins with a shared dissociative main character. “Fight Club was one of my big inspirations for the show. I think the nod or the acknowledgement with ‘Where Is My Mind’ at the end of episode nine was, yes, in part letting the audience know that we’re very much aware that Fight Club was an inspiration, but at the same time, we make no apologies about it. We own it.”