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Note: The following article contains discussion of sexual assault that some readers may find upsetting.
Money Heist spoilers follow.
Money Heist star Enrique Arce has admitted that he was so unhappy with a storyline on the Netflix crime drama, he did all he could to prevent it from happening.
In a shocking moment in season four, Arce's character Arturo Roman – the former Director of the Royal Mint of Spain – drugs and sexually assaults Bank of Spain employee Amanda (Olalla Hernández).
The actor has now revealed that he was "disappointed" by the writers' decision to include this scene in the series and suggested that they "killed" Arturo's laughably evil essence.
"I was disappointed and I did tell the creator and executive producer," Arce told the Radio Times. "I said, 'I think the character is miserable as it is already in a joking, funny way'.
"What I tried to tell the creative team, I said, 'You're killing the soul of this character by doing this scene where he molests the governor's secretary'.
"And I pleaded, I pleaded, I couldn't sleep for days thinking about that scene, because I really don't even believe in that as fiction. So, when that happened and I had to do it… OK, fine, but then I was like, 'Oh, you killed the character. You killed it'."
Amanda speaks out about what Arturo did before season four wraps up and his fellow hostages side with her. Season five's first five episodes launch on Friday (September 3), so it'll be interesting to see whether Enrique Arce is right and there's no going back for his character.
Money Heist (La Casa de Papel) seasons 1-4 are now available to watch worldwide on Netflix. Season 5 will premiere in two halves, on September 3 and December 3 respectively. For more information on Money Heist: The Experience visit the official website, and you can check ticket availability for London here.
If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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