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Money Heist season 5: Meaning of symbolic red jumpsuits uncovered by cast ahead of final Netflix episodes

One of the most enduring symbols of Money Heist, which returns to Netflix with season 5 this year, is the red jumpsuits worn by the heist crew and their hostages, along with their Dali masks.

The jumpsuits represent the strength and rebellious streaks of the robbers played by the cast, from Tokyo (Úrsula Corberó) to Rio (Miguel Herrán), while also symbolising the fear of the hapless members of the public drawn into their schemes.

The fifth and final season of La Casa de Papel, as it is known in Spanish, will see heist mastermind The Professor (Álvaro Morte) try to extricate himself from a seemingly impossible situation after being cornered by the ruthless inspector Alicia Sierra (Najwa Nimri).

Ahead of the launch of the new episodes, can share an exclusive featurette starring the members of the cast as they uncover exactly what it means for them to don the iconic red jumpsuits for the globally-renowned show.

The video takes fans behind-the-scenes of Money Heist, showing rows of clothing rails where the red jumpsuits have been hung up, along with the black T-shirts and the cast’s matching black combat boots.

Esther Acebo, who plays former hostage-turned-crew member Mónica Gaztambide in the series, explained that ‘wearing the red jumpsuit means a lot of things’ to her, after her character takes on the alias Stockholm.

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Red jumpsuit makes Esther feel ready to ‘go to war’ (Picture: Tamara Arranz/Netflix)

‘The meaning of the red jumpsuit as a work item is that “it’s time to get to work”,’ said Jaime Lorente, who portrays Denver.

‘It’s not only the character’s skin, but the idea of the gang and Money Heist.’

Itziar Ituño, who stars as former police inspector Raquel Murillo, is shown in the featurette putting the outfit on while wearing a mask.

While the series began with Raquel being an adversary to the heist team, she ends up joining their ranks and becoming Lisbon, a powerful member of the group.

‘It’s the first time I’m wearing it to perform, and it’s like, “Now I really am inside”,’ she said, adding: ‘It’s like wearing irreverence. I’m really excited.’

Helsinki actor Darko Perić implied that he felt a sense of disbelief putting it on, saying: ‘Obviously you’re wearing it and you think, “Wow, this is happening.”’

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Lisbon has become a key member of the team (Picture: Tamara Arranz Ramos/Netflix)

‘Wearing the jumpsuit is kind of like an adventure,’ said recent newcomer Belén Cuesta, who plays Manila, while Palermo actor Rodrigo de la Serna explained that the actors wear the jumpsuit ‘as your own skin’.

‘For me, it’s a symbol of struggle and courage. But then as an actress, it’s also a responsibility,’ Esther added. ‘It’s like, “Okay, let’s go to war.”’

Speaking about the significance of the red jumpsuits in Money Heist – of which 600 were used throughout the five seasons – showrunner Alex Pina said: ‘We are always looking for icons. You have to label yourself somehow, you have to have your own identity and DNA.’

Director Jesús Colmenar explained why they chose to reduce the other primary colours in the show and focus predominantly on red, stating: ‘This is the reason we decided all our robbers and hostages should wear a uniform, so that the red jumpsuit would become the great key visual of the series.’

Carlos Diez, who is in charge of costume design on the series, said that it was a ‘rich experience’ to design the costumes, 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,’ he said.

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Jaime said the jumpsuit is ‘the character’s skin’ (Picture: Tamara Arranz Ramos/Netflix)

The fifth season of Money Heist is set to be released in two volumes, with the first part launching in September and the second in December.

In the official synopsis for the new season, it explains that the crew have been locked in the Bank of Spain for over 100 hours.

While they have managed to rescue Lisbon, they are still grieving the loss of another cherished member of their group, while The Professor’s life is in danger with no plan of escape.

The stakes are set to be raised even higher as the army arrive on the scene, challenging the team with more firepower than they’ve ever encountered.

There are some fans who believe the explosive show’s final outing will depict The Professor’s death in episode one, as season four ended with Alicia pointing her gun at his head.

One fan suggested that The Professor will sacrifice himself to save the rest of the gang, while another said they thought his death would deliver a ‘bittersweet’ ending to the drama.

Money Heist Part 5 Volume 1 premieres on Netflix on September 3.

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