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We visited the set of ‘Money Heist’ Part 5

By: Pam Pastor

LA CASA DE PAPEL (L to R) ÚRSULA CORBERÓ as TOKIO, RODRIGO DE LA SERNA as PALERMO in episode 02 of LA CASA DE PAPEL. Cr. TAMARA ARRANZ/NETFLIX © 2020

Looking forward to seeing what happens next to our favorite gang inside the Bank of Spain? Us, too. 

But we still have a bit of a wait. The first half of “Money Heist” Part 5 will be released on September 3, with the second half coming on December 3. 

Luckily, Super got a little dose of the excitement—a sneak peek, if you will—during a virtual visit to the set of the hit Netflix series and we will be sharing everything we saw with you. 

With Luka Peros (yes, Marseille) as our guide, we got to see the costume department (so many red jumpsuits!), hear about set secrets, have a glimpse of the cast members and get inside the brains of the creators of the show Alex Pina and Jesús Colmenar. 

Here are five of the things we discovered: 

1. The costume department keeps all the costumes from the previous seasons—including their famous red jumpsuits, of course. (Each actor has at least 8!) Costume designer Caros Díez said, “We have to have all the costumes—even from previous seasons—in case the writers want to do a flashback to something that happened in episode 1 of season 2. ”

2. Díez’s favorite jumpsuit? Not the ones made in Italy, no. It was the one Sofia the ferret wore in Season 3. He said, “I made it with my own hands because we were looking for clothes for ferrets that were red, with a hood, and obviously there was nothing in the stores or on the internet. So I made this one for Sofia. It was so cute to see the ferret dressed like the robbers.” 

3. The next time you watch “Money Heist,” keep your eyes peeled for the portraits on the walls. According to art director Abdón Alcañiz, they have fun with the portraits. You can spot Paco Tous who plays Moscow there. “Even my face is up there,” said Alcañiz. 

4. At the time of the set visit, Álvaro Morte, who plays The Professor, still didn’t know how the series ends. And even if he did, he wouldn’t tell. “They would cut my throat,” he said. “What I can tell you is that it is a season with a lot of tension, a lot of action, and it’s very exciting.”

5. Sadly, Season 5 really is the last season of “Money Heist.” Showrunner and executive producer Álex Pina said, “Well, we’ve made over 2,000 minutes of fiction with two heists. I think we’ve exhausted some of the characters’ emotional arcs and their arcs of transformation. We’ve told a lot and I think it’s a good time to stop. It’s a very climatic season and I think it’s always better to leave sooner rather than later.”

Director and executive producer Jesús Comenar agreed. “We have many examples of series that we think dragged on too long. And I think the smartest thing to do when a series is at the peak of its success, as Alex says, is to leave with a bang and make a season that is very special in many ways. It is very different from all the previous seasons and we have put all our eggs in one basket to go out with a bang.”

We can’t wait to see that. 

LA CASA DE PAPEL (L to R) in episode 02 of LA CASA DE PAPEL. Cr. TAMARA ARRANZ/NETFLIX © 2020

A full story on our virtual set visit will be out in the pages of Inquirer Super later this month.