Warning: this post may contain spoilers.
Some of us here at Food Republic are big fans of USA’s action-packed hacker drama Mr. Robot. When we were gearing up for the show’s second season, which premieres tonight, we realized that the namesake character, Mr. Robot (played by Christian Slater), chomps on a lot of popcorn on screen. This led us to wonder why that is.
In an interview with the Daily Beast, Slater theorizes that Mr. Robot’s obsession with the classic concession-stand snack stems from one of Elliot’s (played by Rami Malek) memories of his pops:
“I think the clue for me, I guess, was in Episode 9 in the flashback scene where I’m with young Elliot and we go to the movies. I say, ‘I wanna make sure I get my popcorn.’ From Elliot’s memories of his father, popcorn was something that was extraordinarily important to his dad. It’s a thing that makes him feel safe and is a fond memory to incorporate into this current timestream.”
Whether or not you agree with this theory, we concur that popcorn will be needed to watch tonight’s premiere. Mr. Robot returns tonight on USA at 10 p.m. EST.