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Bella Ciao! ‘Money Heist’ is back and the Professor has a message for the Philippines

By Pam Pastor
04/3/20 8:04 AM

The much-awaited fourth installment of “Money Heist” (“La Casa De Papel”), one of the most watched shows on Netflix in any language, starts streaming today, April 3.  The documentary “Money Heist: The Phenomenon” will also begin streaming today.

Two days ago, Super and other members of the media spoke to some cast members about the show and Alvaro Morte, who plays the Professor, had a message for everyone in the country. “I’d like to send all my best wishes to all of Philippines and all my love, and strength for this quarantine times we’re in,” he said in Spanish.

Alvaro Morte (center) as the Professor

Super dangerous

Itziar Ituño, who plays Raquel Murillo/Lisbon in the show, tested positive for COVID-19 a couple of weeks ago. “My case is mild and I’m fine but it’s very very contagious and super dangerous to people who are weaker. This is not nonsense, be aware, do not take it lightly… Many lives are at stake and we still do not know how far this will go… It’s a time of solitude and generosity,” she posted on Instagram.

Itziar Ituño (left) as Raquel Murillo


A journalist asked if they thought the pandemic would be written into the show in the same way Europe’s financial crisis was. Alba Flores, who plays Nairobi, replied, “When we shot this we had no clue this was going to happen. I’m sure scriptwriters throughout the world are thinking about how to write about it, but I think there are some things that they cannot change. We live in a system where many of the powerful are trying to become richer by exploiting or taking advantages of other’s misery and that hasn’t changed.”

Cliffhanger

Part 3 of “Money Heist” ended with a cliffhanger and Part 4 picks up right where the last episode left off: with the battle continuing inside and outside the Bank of Spain and a bloody Nairobi struggling to survive. Since last year, fans have been discussing Nairobi’s fate, wondering if she’d make it. Flores said, “I just put myself in the hands of the scriptwriters and you trust them to do anything they want to your character. They have the license to do whatever they want.”

Part 4 gives audiences eight more episodes of what they love about “Money Heist”: chaos, action, drama, romance and characters constantly trying to outsmart one another.

Stealing characters

The badass Nairobi played by Alba Flores


And since they’re such good robbers, we asked the actors to choose a “Money Heist” character they’d like to steal from a costar.

Flores said, “Ooh, the stakes are high this season.” 

Alvaro replied, “The work of my colleagues is wonderful and I think that from a script perspective all the characters are built well. But to get to the opposite of my character who is method-based I maybe would try someone like Denver or Tokyo, one of the more impulsive ones. I’d like to try something like that just to take the biggest contrast with my character.”

The impulsive Tokyo (played by Úrsula Corberó)

Arturito

Flores said, “I like the sequences performed by Enrique Arce as Arturito. I’d love to play Arturito which is impossible I know especially because Enrique plays it wonderfully well. But I think it’s so much fun. And so risky, everything he has to go through. He’s so miserable, actually. It’s an opportunity of telling the miserable side of each human being and that’s something I something I like. I would go with Arturito.”

Jaime Lorente as Denver

Jaime Lorente, who plays Denver, said, “I agree with Alvaro that it will be interesting to go to the opposite of my character.”

Flores added, “The opposite character of Nairobi is probably Arturito.” 

Lorente said, “That’s true. It would be interesting to go to the other end of what we are playing right now. To be able to work with something that Alvaro does with the Professor would be an interesting journey.”


Want more “Money Heist”? Read the rest of our interview in Inquirer Super’s April 5 issue. Pick up a copy of the Philippine Daily Inquirer or read the digital edition on InquirerPlus. You get 30 issues free.