Here’s the two first look images at Martin as Chefen in the upcoming Swedish film, Videomannen, and check out a short teaser for the film below.
Working steadily in his native Sweden for almost two decades, Martin Wallström made a visceral, forceful debut stateside last year in USA hacker drama series Mr. Robot. Assuming the role of cunning, intense and dangerously ambitious tech exec Tyrell Wellick—a Patrick Bates type with a penchant for power and classical music—Wallström admittedly sees a few shades of himself in the character. “I’d say we share the same country of birth, we share a fascination of watches, and then I guess music. Let there never be more than three of those,” Wallström laughs, without a whit of Wellick’s false, fumbling air. “We kind of look like each other, but that’s it.”
Preparing his self-tape for the role overseas, Wallström saw in the part an exciting mystery, and a powerful rollercoaster ride to come. Memorably, in his first read, Wallström enacted Wellick’s darkly humorous scene from episode 3, slapping himself in the face repeatedly while giving himself the world’s worst pep talk. Taking in this scene on the page, did Wallström have any idea who this character was, or who he was to become? “No, not at all,” he admits. “I think I was on the right track, but I discovered that he was very driven by fear—driven by stuff that he’s afraid to lose, or things that he doesn’t want to become.”
A showrunner who generally keeps his cards close to his chest, Sam Esmail surprisingly welcomed Wallström into the hazy world of Mr. Robot by divulging a bit of backstory, though the notion of a driving fear was what the pair returned to time and time again. “Sam and I talked a bit about the backstory—but backstory, that’s the whole life, and you can never cover and know everything about the character,” the actor says. Secure in the leadership of Esmail, Wallström welcomed the atmosphere of total uncertainty fostered by the series, finding satisfaction in making his character discoveries in media res.
The character that Wallström discovered is a skittish elitist on the verge of living his worst nightmare. A villain among villains, Wellick’s façade of control cracks as his corporate power dissolves, leaving him to face the instantaneous, shattering loss of everything he has. “I thought a lot about it: how can I relate to losing everything in one second—my entire world?” Wallström reflects. The answer came, unfortunately, in immersing himself in personal tragedy. “My father passed away 10 years ago, and that was a phone call where you lose everything in a second. I guess that’s the way I can relate to the fear,” he shares.
In inhabiting the character, and reaching his own understanding, Wallström also contemplated the possibility of mental illness, in all its varieties. “I talked to a lot of people about whether he’s a psychopath, or a sociopath, and there’s all these different ‘paths’ you can be,” he explains. “I think that he is not fully blown of anything, although I think he is very aware of how to use the best of a psychopath. He’s wearing these masks, but we can see that it’s just falling apart.”
USA NETWORK PREMIERES ‘MR. ROBOT’ SEASON 2 WITH BACK-TO-BACK EPISODES; ANNOUNCES LIVE AFTER SHOW
Network Ups Season 2 Order of the Golden Globe® Award-Winning Universal Cable Productions Drama from 10 to 12 Episodes
The MR. ROBOT Premiere Night Event Begins Wednesday, July 13 at 10/9c on USA Network
NEW YORK, NY – June 23, 2016 – USA Network today announced that it has added two episodes to the Season 2 order for MR. ROBOT, upping the Universal Cable Productions series from 10 episodes to 12 episodes. Sam Esmail, the creator and executive producer of the Golden Globe Award-winning drama, will direct all 12 episodes this season. Additionally, the award-winning series will kick off its second season on Wednesday, July 13 at 10/9c with a premiere night event that includes two back-to-back episodes — presented with limited commercial breaks — and a newly-announced live after show. Providing a behind the scenes look at the breakout drama, the one hour, live HACKING ROBOT after show will air on July 13, immediately following the two episode season premiere.
“The first season of MR. ROBOT was everything we hoped for – and then some,” said Chris McCumber, President Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “So it’s no surprise that Sam and team have raised the bar even more in season two. From the first moments of the new season, it’ll be clear that audiences are in for something incredibly special and wholly unexpected.”
“Strap in! The extraordinary ride that is MR. ROBOT continues with a wild season two. It’s a brilliant and immersive journey that demands to be watched again and again,” said Jeff Wachtel, Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and President, Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios.
MR. ROBOT follows Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in the underground hacker group fsociety, after being recruited by their mysterious leader (Christian Slater). The July 13 episodes, titled eps2.0_unm4sk-pt1.tc and eps2.0_unm4sk-pt2.tc, will pick up 30 days after the now infamous fsociety 5/9 hack on multi-national company Evil Corp. Season 2 will explore the consequences of that attack as well as the illusion of control.