Money Heist creator and writer Álex Pina has revealed he came under pressure to cut major character Berlin from the show because of his “out-of-date views”.
A charismatic terminally ill jewel thief, Berlin (Pedro Alonso) was actually one of the most popular characters on the Spanish Netflix series, and fans were sad to see him go when he was killed by the police.
However, in the recent Netflix documentary Money Heist: The Phenomenon, Pina revealed that there were calls for him to drop the character from the show entirely because of his misogynistic ways.
“Someone said to me, ‘This character doesn’t fit with the times. You should take him out of the series,” said Pina.
“I said I had no intention of taking him out of the series. He’s a misogynist, narcissist and psychopath in many ways.
“But we could have a character like that in the series and the audience could freely decide whose side they’re on, right?”
Suggesting that Berlin may have actually been part of the show’s appeal, he added: “If television is bland it’s boring because less things happen.
“The audience wants things to happen, and there’s nothing better than a villain who we can empathise with.”
Alonso also appears in the documentary, and it’s safe to say he’s slightly bemused by his character’s popularity.
“People need to get their heads checked because I’m sure he’s not the character you’d want your daughter to marry.
“[But] that dominant side to him, his leadership, repulses us but it gives us a certain sense of safety.”
Money Heist seasons 1-4 are now available to watch on Netflix.
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