‘Marbella’, when organized crime wears Versace tracksuits: “It’s like you’re walking into a Scorsese film”

‘Marbella’, when organized crime wears Versace tracksuits: “It’s like you’re walking into a Scorsese film”
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Hugo Silva and Ana Isabelle in a scene from ‘Marbella’ (Movistar Plus+)

A six-figure Patek Philippe, a penchant for leopard print and luxury. Lots of luxury. Eternal nights and agreements that are closed in VIP areas of the most exclusive nightclubs, a kind of papal conclaves in which crimes take on an ethical and moral tone. They are like a session of skincare for the most coveted criminals on the Costa del Sol. Marbella is a ticking bomb, in addition to the new series by Dani de la Torre and Alberto Marini (Unit and The Kabul Unit) which premieres this Thursday May 2 on Movistar Plus+.

The creators were inspired by an article by The country, written by Nacho Carretero and Alberto Lezcano in the year 2021, and titled Marbella, global headquarters of organized crimeto talk (in a lighter tone than usual in fiction) about how the Andalusian city houses the bosses of the world’s great mafias. Guns, drugs and cryptocurrencies: Europe’s most wanted criminals bathe in the lagoons of Marbella’s illegality, an ecosystem of their own that is fed and protected by lawyers and police officers who dance with corruption.

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“Everyone knows they exist,” he says. Hugo Silva about the organized crime groups that splash around daily in Marbella. In the series, the veteran actor plays César, a lawyer who has to defend the most notorious criminals in the city. A scoundrel who has enough contacts to prevent his mafia clients from spending time behind bars. “It is not a place where they operate, they go to Marbella to rest, to enjoy, to spend their money”he admits in an interview with Infobae Spain. Her character moves “on a very dangerous limit” that brings her closer to crime. “César is quite manipulative, despite himself, and he wants to have the client under control,” he explains.

Trailer for ‘Marbella’, the new original Movistar Plus series.

Hugo Silva read the article by Carretero and Lezcano and “freaked out”: “It’s like you’re walking into a Scorsese movie.”, he admits. The actor was in the vicinity of the most luxurious restaurants and clubs in the city, a setting in which the most ostentatious criminals embrace their dealings. Drug lords, trafficking kalashnikov and bad taste rub shoulders in broad daylight Marbella, a city (and series) that mutates into a catwalk on which to show the latest haute couture purchases or the watches that would allow any middle-class citizen to pay for an apartment. “A person who buys a tracksuit for 12,000 euros that couldn’t be uglier, a huge cap with the brand on it and who gets into a green Lamborghini needs to draw attention from the most infantile part of his being,” he says.

The ostentation of its characters is just one example of the importance that money has in current society. “There is no one who is not motivated by money in this world,” says the actor forcefully. “It is very frustrating because, no matter how informed or educated the population is, as long as the system is based on money, the great economic powers are going to be first,” he adds.

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“A person who buys a tracksuit for 12,000 euros and gets into a green Lamborghini needs to attract attention”

Hugo Silva, in a scene from ‘Marbella’ (Movistar Plus+)

Marbella It has a wide list of characters who boast about various vital archetypes: fashion, body worship, Versace tracksuits and gold medals with the face of Medusa, the Greek mythological figure who turned his detractors into stone with just a look. In the fiction of Dani de la Torre and Alberto Marini, enemies are sterilized with a private visit to a nightclub in Puerto Banús.

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Hugo Silva plays a lawyer who has to defend the most wanted criminals in the country (and the planet), a job that he does not know if he could perform in real life, but that does not pose any “moral problem” in the interpretative field. . “The good thing about being an actor is that you can do whatever you want”, he indicates. “I recently saw a case where a person is being tried who could possibly face the death penalty,” he says about the case of Daniel Sancho, although without venturing to mention his name. “There is a lawyer who is defending the prosecution and, if the deal goes well, that person is going to die because in that country there is the death penalty,” he continues, to clarify that the above is “very controversial” to him: “I don’t know if I could do that.”says.

“I don’t like luxury and I don’t understand half of the things that César does, but that’s why I find it so exotic to play him”

“I don’t like luxury and I don’t understand half of the things this character does, but that’s precisely why I find it so fun and so exotic to play him,” concludes Silva, who as of this Thursday will play at mafia houses in a series that combines action and drama with cartoonish scenes of Marbella’s tawdry luxury.

Hugo Silva, in a scene from ‘Marbella’ (Movistar Plus+)

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