Zack Robidas talks ‘EMPATHY INC’

Zack Robidas of HBO’s Succession sat down with us to talk about his role as Joel in the science fiction noir indie flick EMPATHY INC. As I mentioned in my interview the film’s director, this movie threw me a curveball. What at first appeared to be a high-concept artsy film turned out to be a very concise and well-crafted story of greed and redemption.

What was it like to play three different characters who were so vastly different from one another? Check out our interview with Zack below!

EMPATHY INC will be available on VOD and DVD come September 24th thanks to Dark Star Pictures.


Hotshot venture capitalist Joel has a multimillion-dollar deal go up in smoke, and he and his actress wife Jessica are forced to move in with her parents and start from scratch. At the lowest and most desperate moment in his life, Joel meets old friend Nicolaus and his business partner Lester, who are seeking investors in a new technology known as XVR—Xtreme Virtual Reality—from their company Empathy, Inc., which is said to offer the most realistic and moving experiences for users by placing them in the lives of the less fortunate. Joel gets the startup its funds but soon discovers that the tech’s creators have far more sinister uses in store for their creation and that the reality it provides its customers isn’t virtual.


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