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Rami Malek 15 Years In The Making Image Credit: GQ
Rami Malek 15 Years In The Making Image Credit: GQ

Rami Malek - 15 Years In The Making

Rami Malek WAS AN ACCL AIMED JOURNEYMAN ACTOR KNOWN FOR HIS HUSTLE, PREPARATION, AND INTENSIT Y. THEN HE PLAYED FREDDIE MERCURY, WON AN OSCAR, AND BECAME WORLD-FAMOUS PRACTICALLY ALL AT ONCE. NOW MALEK IS WORKING THROUGH HIS NEWEST ROLE—AS A GLOBAL STAR.

Molly Young
RAMI MALEK IS HAVING a good hair day. “This is the best his hair’s been since February,” says the young woman twirling scented oil through Malek’s strands while the actor stands obediently still, slightly bashful, like anyone who is being publicly oiled. His hair looks exactly the way it does in every episode of Mr. Robot, which is at the tail end of shooting its final season here in Brooklyn. The hair is worth mentioning because it has spawned a mini men’s version of the Rachel, Jennifer Aniston’s hair on Friends, in that it is easily identifiable and widely imitated. “It’s a two on the sides that are faded to a one and a half,” says the young woman with the oil, in case anyone wants to memorize that and take it to the barber. “And it’s disconnected from the top to the sides and faded up to the parietal ridge.”

“This is GQ, not National Geographic,” Malek says. “Disconnected is appropriate, though.”

It is. Malek had been acting for more than a decade when he got the part of Elliot Alderson on Mr. Robot, which came out in 2015 on the USA, of all networks, and immediately generated a robust Reddit presence and an ardent audience of people for whom a dystopian but sensitive thriller felt appropriate in an age of deep fakes and flourishing conspiracies. Elliot works as a cybersecurity technician who gets embroiled in a hacktivist scheme to wrest financial justice from an evil corporation. He has a rocky relationship with humanity but a lucid one with the technological reality of the world we live in. You get the sense, in watching, that if you knew what he


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