Money Heist (Spanish: La casa de papel, “The House of Paper”) is a Spanish heist crime drama television series created by Álex Pina. This has become one of the biggest shows on the OTT platform Netflix.
The series traces two long-prepared heists led by the Professor (Álvaro Morte), one on the Royal Mint of Spain, and one on the Bank of Spain told from the perspective of one of the robbers, Tokyo (Úrsula Corberó). The narrative is told in a real-time-like fashion and relies on flashbacks, time-jumps, hidden character motivations, and an unreliable narrator for complexity.
1. The Series was initailly suposed to be limited to only two parts
The series was initially intended as a limited series to be told in two parts. It had its original run of 15 episodes on Spanish network Antena 3 from 2 May 2017 through 23 November 2017. Netflix acquired global streaming rights in late 2017.
It re-cut the series into 22 shorter episodes and released them worldwide, beginning with the first part on 20 December 2017, followed by the second part on 6 April 2018. In April 2018, Netflix renewed the series with a significantly increased budget for 16 new episodes total.
Part 3, with eight episodes, was released on 19 July 2019. Part 4, also with eight episodes, was released on 3 April 2020. A documentary involving the producers and the cast premiered on Netflix the same day, titled Money Heist: The Phenomenon (Spanish: La casa de papel: El Fenómeno).
In July 2020, Netflix renewed the show for a fifth and final part, which would be released in two five-episode volumes on 3 September and 3 December 2021, respectively. The series was filmed in Madrid, Spain. Significant portions were also filmed in Panama, Thailand, Italy (Florence), Denmark, and Portugal.
2. Character of Tokyo wasn’t supposed to be the narrator in the spanish drama ‘Money Heist’
All the fans of the drama Money Heist, including us, could not imagine anyone else but Tokyo (played by Úrsula Corberó) narrating the whole story. Throughout the series, we hear the voice of Tokyo narrating the story from her perspective.
However, as per the Spanish publication El Mundo, the money heist thief wasn’t meant to be the story’s narrator. Originally, the show’s producers wanted The Professor (Álvaro Morte) to narrate the series.
But, they thought it would be too selfish for the heist leader to narrate the story. So, the show’s producers considered a female voice would work better for the narrative perspective.
3. Money Heist had a complete different name
La Casa de Papel in the Spanish Language translates to “The House of Paper.”
However, the Netflix series almost had a completely different name. According to Cosmopolitan, Los Desahuciados was the show’s original title, meaning “The Outcasts” in English.
Eventually, the creators decided La Casa de Papel fits the theme of the show. Since the story starts at the Royal Mint in Spain, where the money is printed, then the title matched the storyline of the drama.
4. More than 600 red jumpsuits were used
Over the five seasons, more than 600 of the iconic red jumpsuits were used to dress the cast of the series. Although, according to the series costume designer, Carloz Diez, dressing the characters was far from boring.
“Designing the wardrobe of La Casa de Papel [Money Heist] is such a rich experience because each character is so different from the next. It has been a great challenge to dress all the characters individually and then again as a group, with that iconic red jumpsuit.”
5. The character of The Professor was auditioned five times by the actor Álvaro Morte
The role of the Money Heist mastermind The Professor, can not be imagined to be played by someone else other than Álvaro Morte. According to TechZimo Álvaro Morte wasn’t a total shoo-in.
The Spanish actor reportedly had to audition five times over two months to get the part. And we’re so glad he did it and killed the role. We all have become die-hard fans of The Professor.
6. The shooting of the drama Money Heist took place in around 300 Locations in 7 countries
One of the amazing facts about the series is that the shooting was done in 300 locations around 7 counties!
While the series is set in Madrid shooting has taken place all over the world. Reportedly Netflix’s later involvement brought more opportunities for the show; taking shooting to a variety of locations outside of Spain, where the entire first series was filmed.
Shooting for the series has taken place in Thailand, Denmark, Panama, Portugal, Italy, and the United Kingdom, where the scenes involving the flooded vault at the Bank of Spain were filmed. Reference: Cosmopolitan
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