Money Heist was nearly cancelled, and more unknown facts, read here
Netflix crime series La Casa de Papel, aka Money Heist, is one of the most watched web series globally. Thirty-eight episodes have streamed on Netflix and fans are eagerly waiting for its fifth season. The story follows a group of robbers who pull off daring heists.
The Spanish show is directed by Alex Pina and includes Alvaro Morte (aka the Professor), Itziar Ituni (aka Lisbon), Pedro Alonso (aka Berlin), Jamie Lorente (aka Denver), Darko Peric (aka Helsinki), Ursula Corbero (aka Tokyo), Enrique Arce (Arturo Roman) and Alba Flores (aka Nairobi, who died in the last season, leaving many fans in a big shock).
The show is creating quite a buzz among netizens worldwide and the fans are can’t wait enough for season 5 of Money Hist. And as we wait for yet another thrilling season, here we share with you some of the unknown and interesting fans about Money Heist aka La Casa de Papel, that every die hard fan must know.
Money Heist’ was doomed to fail before Netflix picked it up
La Casa de Papel premiered on Spanish network Antena 3 in May 2017. The show started with a strong viewership that steadily declined over the course of season 1. But after, Netflix picked up the show, (with season 1 split into two parts), the series experienced a massive surge in popularity, attracting a worldwide audience of fans.
Now that Money Heist is one of Netflix’s most popular series, its budget has expanded dramatically. Season 2 is as international as the gang’s code names. Today, Money Heist is the most viewed program on Netflix in France, Italy, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and Portugal. The series also has a significant fanbases in North Africa, the Middle East, and Turkey.
Creator Álex Pina originally named the show Los Desahuciados, which translates to “The Hopeless.” Eventually, the title was switched to La Casa de Papel, and Money Heist for the English-speaking audience.
Despite, how crazy its plots are, the series isn’t written in advance.The actors knew the script of each episode only when they were shooting, and hence they have no clue about the plot or next scene they are going to appear.
The Infamous Dali mask
Salvador Dalí was a renowned Spanish artist famous for his surrealist paintings and his anti-modern capitalist views. The infamous Dali mask shown in the show is to pay homage to Salvador Dali, which is a symbol of rebellion and revolution, something connected to the artist’s work.
As the series has gained more and more traction, more celebrities have donned their own red jumpsuits and Salvador Dali masks. But the two biggest names obsessed with the show many be horror writer Stephen King and the Brazilian soccer player Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior. Neymar even made a cameo as a monk in Part 3 of Season 2.
Silene Olivera aka Tokyo
Tokyo is inspired by the character Mathilda from the film Leon: The Professional. Also, the tale of Money Heist was introduced from Tokyo’s point of view, right from the first episode. But did you know that the Professor was chosen by the makers to narrate the story. But, they decided against it as it felt narcissistic, and then they were going to go with Moscow instead because his personality was more cheerful. Finally after much deliberation, Tokyo was chosen to give the story a female perspective.
Bella Ciao song
Money Heist theme song Bella Ciao is yet another big highlight of the series. In Season 1 when the team first finds dirt in the Mint of Spain, they start singing the Bella Cioa. Later, we see The Professor sing the song with his brother Berlin (Pedro Alonso). The song becomes a symbol of victory in the midst of rebellion.
During World War II “Ciao Bella” was used to rally the antifascist resistance in Italy. The Italian has historical references but it also plays an important part in Alex Pina’s life. Pina revealed in an interview that it reminded him of his childhood.
Spanish actor Alvaro Morte plays The Professor, the mastermind behind the big heists in the series. In Money Heist: The Phenomenon, the makers revealed that one very important key to the series’ success. As the show’s creator cheerily explains, The Professor is supposed to be a loser. You’re supposed to think of him as a bumbling academic who’s more comfortable teaching a class than hitting on women. But it’s this unexpected leader of such a cool show that makes Money Heist so interesting, and it’s The Professor’s dedication to precision that makes his heists so believable.
Also, like the other actors, who have their character names based on popular cities like Denver, Tokyo, Berlin, the professor also has a city name though it is unofficial. As per Rappler.com, in an interview, he said, “The concept of what it is fits him, but we have to remove the religious components. This would be Vatican City. It’s a state city. A very small one. But like The Professor, it’s always shielded, and at the same time, it has a great power all over the world.”
The show’s iconography has inspired copycat burglary attempts
Money Heist Season 5 is expected to stream sometime in April 2021.