Nick Frost’s dancefloor comedy Cuban Fury hits the cinema on Valentine’s Day 2014. In 1987, Bruce Garrett (Frost) was a salsa prodigy with ‘fire in his heels and snakes in his hips’ and the UK Junior Salsa Championships in his sights. A freakish bullying incident on the incredibly mean streets of London robbed him of his confidence, enough to where he finds his life diverted down a very different path, that of being a slobby man in a dead end job. Having fallen head over heels for his American boss, played by Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation, The Office), Frost decides to quit coasting through life and reignite his passion for salsa dancing in order to win her over.
He begins to practice again though he faces stiff competition in the form of Chris O’Dowd (IT Crowd, Moone Boy, Family Tree who plays a real smug piece-of-you-know-what.
Written by Jon Brown (Misfits) and directed by James Griffiths, Cuban Fury resembles a who’s who of British acting talent. Besides the principles of Frost and O’Dowd, the film also stars Ian McShane (Lovejoy), Olivia Colman (Twenty Twelve, Broadchurch) and Rory Kinnear (Count Arthur Strong), all in supporting roles.
Before you make a snap judgement, a word from Nick Frost for his fans worldwide: “Even though it’s about dancing, it’s a comedy. I don’t want people to think because it’s got dancing in it…’ohh we don’t want to see it then’.”