Those who think they know all the secrets of The House of Paper perfectly will think again. From the story of Nairobi to the reason for the mask: here are 5 unmissable curiosities.
It is one of the most popular TV series of recent years, is now in its fourth season, while the fifth is still in the works: we are talking about The House of Paper, one of the most successful shows of Netflix. Those who haven't watched it yet, can catch up and wait for the arrival of the new episodes, which will arrive by 2022.
While those who think they know actors, characters, stories and settings to perfection might think again. In fact, the myths and legends that revolve around this product are many, some stories are well-founded others have arisen over the years to make the project even more fascinating. Although it certainly does not need publicity, since Netflix has declared that there are about 6 million people who have watched the TV series created by Álex Pina. Still, there are some curiosities about The House of Paper that might surprise even the most ardent fans. Here's what they are.
1 - La casa di carta curiosity: why do they wear the Dali mask
Surely anyone who has watched La casa di carta will have asked themselves at least once the question: "but why do they all wear the Dali mask?" Giving this answer was Miguel Amoedo, director of photography for the show. He explained that the intention had been from the beginning to choose a face representative of Spanish culture. So they went from Don Quixote to Pablo Picasso, but in the end Dali, with his peculiar upturned moustache was the perfect mask and perfectly suited to the shape of the actors' faces.
No one has ever revealed the true meaning of the mask, but Alvaro Morte, the actor who plays the Professor, revealed during an interview that Dali is the perfect representative of resistance. While Pedro Alonso (Berlin) sees in Dali an artist capable of going beyond the limits and in fact he is the greatest exponent of surrealism, creating something gigantic and almost incomprehensible, but at the same time speaking to the masses, for whom he created many works.
2 - The house of paper and the meaning of the red suit and Bella Ciao
The same goes for the red suit: a real symbol of struggle and resistance was chosen. In fact, the red as a symbol of many revolutionary movements. In addition, the suit allows everyone to hide and not be identified, but at the same time gives a sense of unity and brotherhood, very strong themes in the TV series.
Naturally, the same goes for the choice of the song Bella Ciao. Alex Pina, creator of the series has revealed that it is a popular song that he has known since he was a child: "It reminds me of my childhood and the whole world knows it, an anthem to the Resistance as is the series itself. As long as there's resistance there's hope, even if the characters don't know in the slightest if they'll make it out of there."
3 - The character of Nairobi wasn't expected
But what would The House of Paper have been like without the incredible Nairobi? The character played by Alba Flores is the embodiment of energy, frankness and "matriarchy" as she herself exclaims in an episode.
And yet Alex Pina met Alba Flores during the filming of Vis a Vis and so decided to include her in the series, literally sewing the figure of Nairobi onto her. And the result was amazing, given the public's affection for her.
4 - The epic of the narrator of The House of Paper
Those who loved the series know very well that part of its success is due to the narrator of Tokyo, played by Úrsula Corberó. Her character is brazen and fearless, probably the only one who could survive the whole operation and manage to tell the story.
But the choice to entrust her with the narrative voice came almost at the end: initially she tried the Professor, but he plays a shy sociopath and entrusting him with the narration would have been hardly credible. She then tried Moscow, then Paco Tous' voice, but again the effect was disappointing. Finally Tokyo took the floor and from that moment on it was a success.
5 - The characters of the gang: all terminally ill
In the TV series there are many characters, each with his own characteristics and problems. Initially they were all supposed to be terminally ill, so people who had nothing to lose. However, this would have taken a lot away from the TV series. So, it was decided that only Berlin would maintain this characteristic.
Tokyo's style is inspired by a famous movie character
Hair with a bob and bangs, simple clothing, preferably with shorts and a short-sleeved sports shirt and the inevitable black crew-neck: Tokyo's style in The House of Paper may seem casual, but it is actually inspired by that of a famous movie character. We're talking about Mathilda, the little girl played by Natalie Portman in Leon.