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Dan Stevens, who played the charming robot in ‘I’m Your Man’, says humans are weird

When Alma, an archaeologist who spends her days studying the ancient world, agrees to test a humanoid robot designed to be the ideal companion, she does it without enthusiasm. , mostly to please his boss and help him with his studies. Played by Maren Eggert in the new film “I’m Your Man,” Alma is resistant to Tom’s charms, even though she’s programmed to match his needs and desires. Plus, he looks like Dan Stevens.

Stevens, the British actor who rose to fame in “Downton Abbey” and has since starred in “Legion”, manages to capture Tom’s precise, programmed mannerisms and his gradual transformation into another human that the audience rooted for. can – even we can worry that such samples may one day replace ours.

The German-language film, directed by Maria Schrader (“Unorthodox”) and released on 24 September, is set in Berlin. Stevens, who also speaks fluent German and French, was adopted as a child, and says he has always seen himself as an outsider, which has often informed the roles he chooses. .

Stevens recently spoke via Zoom about the character, artificial intelligence, and rumba dancing. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

> Judging by your roles in “The Guest,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Legion,” “Night at the Museum” and now it’s, one wonders, are you really human? Seriously though, is there something about these roles that fascinates you or is there something about you that makes directors want you for these roles?

It’s funny how people start seeing patterns in things not intentionally done on my part. I’m definitely a weird person, maybe that helps. They are outsiders and outsiders play very interesting roles.

> How do you try to get into your character’s mind while he’s a humanoid?

You’re still trying to get inside the mind process, seeing what Tom is thinking about. He is a very mission-oriented character. It’s all programming, where he thinks, ‘It’s not working, how can I change this behavior to make it work better.’ Tom tries the traditional romantic route with Alma, then realizes this isn’t the way to go and takes the other route.

Question. When he reorganizes his apartment, it’s so perfect and clean, that makes sense for a machine but his method was better for him, and embodies the messiness of our lives.

This version of him was looking good on Instagram. But it’s not for Alma. He had learned according to different rules. This is common in human relationships. By making Tom a robot, we can see those beats in any relationship – an evolution in how we behave, how we think, how we learn from our other half. Charting that with Maria was great.

> You talk with your hands, but Tom is too constrained. You also changed the way you move your body, such as the posture of your head and shoulders. How important was that?

Physical preparation is a big part of character discovery for me. In pre-production there was constant discussion about how much of a machine we wanted to see in Tom at any given point and how much we wanted to see him grow while learning human mannerisms and characteristics.

The first time we see Tom moving more robotically – he’s dancing the rumba, which, I discovered while learning, is a very precise dance. It almost feels robotic.

But Tom evolves. So we wanted to show that he started with pre-programmed behavior: he would come into a room and put his hands on his hips because that’s what a man would do or sit on the couch and just [Stevens demonstrates manspreading]. Why do we do these things? Why we put our hands on our chins doesn’t make any sense when we think; It has zero contribution to the thought process but that’s what we do.

I tend to think about those things anyway, so I was lucky to find a job that focused on that. The film slowly, or not so slowly, reveals how strange humans are.

Q. There are things we know or understand and then things we want, sometimes in spite of what we know and understand. Alma doesn’t really want to fall for Tom. Are we all just suckers, but in the best possible way?

This is certainly true where love is concerned – against your better judgment and all your intelligence, you will still fall for this person and there is no logic behind it. The funny thing about the dynamic is that Tom is the ultimate logician, yet it’s a completely illogical affair.

Unlike a film like Q.Ex Machina,” “I’m Your Man” takes an eclectic, almost humanistic view of these creations… even if it never lets us forget that through Alma’s concerns and demeanor our humanity is so important. What do you think about our future with humanoids?

This question has been around since when we had any technology and people’s fears about the future.

Technology is as philanthropic as the people who develop it, be it apps or humanoids. Usually, the things we fear don’t become what we should have been worried about. When Twitter debuted, many people said, ‘This is an amazing new democratic thing.’ There were some concerns, but I don’t think anyone dreamed of the problems it would cause.

There is a scene in the film with an angry man in a crosswalk that reminds us that while we fear that humanoid robots will be upon us, we are already healing ourselves.

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