HFPA In Conversation: Sam Esmail - Words, Hackers and Stanley Kubrick

by Kirpi Uimonen Ballesteros February 14, 2018
Writer/director/producer Sam Esmail

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For our new podcast, German journalist Anke Hofmann met writer/director/producer Sam Esmail in October of 2017 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Esmail, best known as the creator of the Golden Globe-winning TV show Mr. Robot, revealed that he has always been fascinated with technology and the subculture of hackers, but thinks that conversations and debates are better tools to change the world. As a kid, he held Stanley Kubrick festivals at home and liked the fact that he didn’t quite understand Kubrick’s movies upon first viewing. He also described himself as an arrogant kid who walked out the movie theatre in the middle of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and talked about why being heartbroken makes him feel human and what kinds of conversations he has with his wife, actress Emmy Rossum, about the current state of Hollywood. 
 
He is currently filming the new series Homecoming, starring Julia Roberts, and based on a podcast that addresses PTSD in the Military.