La casa de papel TV Series Trivia
The episodes were shot in order and the actors only received the scripts for each episode as they were shooting, so they also did not know what their character’s fate would be. Álvaro Morte (The Professor) said the actors would message each other with excitement when they received a new script.
The song used several times in the series, “Bella Ciao,” is a partisan hymn, adapted from an old Italian country folk song from the latter part of the 19th century. During WWII, it represented the Italian resistance against Benito Mussolini. It is used worldwide as an anti-fascist hymn of freedom and survival in hard times. This tune has been re-recorded by many famous singers and translated into many languages. Even nowadays it can be found in protests and resistance situations around the world.
Denver’s unique laugh was written into the script even before Jaime Lorente was cast in the role. The script simply called for “trashy laughter” and each actor who auditioned interpreted that differently.
The character of “Tokio”, from her haircut to her clothing style, was highly inspired by the character Mathilda (Natalie Portman) in the film Léon (1994).
The Bank of Spain did not allow the production crew to visit the real building to replicate it on set. The interior sets were mostly fictional. According to the team they used “a lot of gray and a dictatorial flavour” to build the sets, inspired by the “Valley of the Fallen”, a Francoist regime monument.
The outside of the building where the heist occurs isn’t the actual Royal Mint of Spain but in fact the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid. There was an attempt to record it at the mint, which was denied by the institution. The interior scenes were recorded in a studio.
The masks of the robbery are of the famous Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí, who spoke highly of causing confusion and not limiting one’s imagination – exactly what the Professor and the heist gang are doing.
The original cut of the limited series had 15 episodes. The Spanish network, Antena 3, aired nine episodes and took a break before airing the remaining six. As the episodes have an average running time of 70 min. Netflix re-cut the episodes to an average 45 min. to cater for an American audience, thus expanding the first season from 9 to 13 episodes. Netflix took a break between seasons, and beginning on April 6th released season 2, re-cutting 6 episodes into 9.
In the opening credits of part 3, the words “una mattina mi sono alzato” are written above a doorway. These are the first lyrics of the Italian folk song “Bella Ciao” used throughout the series.
Río (Miguel Herrán) is the youngest of the heist group at 19 years old. Herrán was 20 years old when filming began.
Netflix acquired international rights to stream the series, which won the Iris Award for Best Screenplay.
When contacting the robbers, inspector Raquel Murillo (Itziar Ituño) usually ties her hair with a pencil to concentrate, similarly to the purple ribbon used by Violet Baudelaire, one of three main characters of children’s novel series “A series of unfortunate events” written by Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler).
Director Álex Pina revealed in an interview that they didn’t write the whole script of a single series. They did this to see where this can lead the story and to help create chaos and adrenaline charged situations.
Javier Gutiérrez turned down the role of the Professor because of his prior commitment to Campeones (2018), which was filmed at the same time as the first season.
The tools used are by Hilti a Liechtenstein global tools manufacturing company.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
Berlin and The Professor are actually brothers, despite having different surnames (maybe they only share their mother/father). It was confirmed by the creator of the show in an interview with Vertele.
El Profesor (Álvaro Morte) and Berlin (Pedro Alonso) were not originally supposed to be brothers. Morte and Alonso created their own backstory for their characters, in which they are half-brothers, and Berlin is the older brother from his father’s first marriage. The reason they speak some Russian is because Berlin took his younger brother to Russia for medical treatment when he was young.
The music the professor plays to Raquel on the piano is “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin (1902). It is also the theme in The Sting (1973), about a team trying to pull off the ultimate con.
The heist takes place in mid to late October 2016. In the final scene of the final episode of part 2, set one full year after the heist, the timeline is in sync with when the series first began airing, in November 2017.
When part 4 premiered, some viewers commented on social media that the subtitles of the last episode included a gun shot in the fade to black after the face to face between El Profesor and Alicia. A gun shot that the audio of the episode didn’t include. After a few days, Netflix uploaded new subtitles without the gun shot, indicating that the original idea for the cliffhanger may have been the gun shot, and not just Alicia pointing the gun at the man.
Almost all of the heist team members chose national capital cities as nicknames: Berlin (Germany), Helsinki (Finland), Moscow (Russia), Nairobi (Kenya), Oslo (Norway), and Tokio/Tokyo (Japan), Lisbon (Portugal), Bogota (Colombia). Even the pet ferret is named Sofia (Bulgaria). Only Denver (capital of Colorado), Rio de Janeiro (capital of the state of Rio die Janeiro), Palermo (capital of Sicily), Marseille (city in France) were not national capitals. The name Stockholm, however, not only references to it being the capital of Sweden, but also to the “Stockholm syndrome” in which hostages develop a psychological alliance with their captors during captivity.