Comedy star Nick Frost unleashes his Cuban Fury this Valentine's Day

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This time around the producers of cult movie classics like Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim hammerlock the UK's finest comedy talent with beautiful salsa dancers. Sequins will fly in this rom-com with a difference.

Poised to sweep up at the Junior Salsa Championships, 13-year-old Bruce Garrett has fire in his heels and the world at his feet… until one fateful night, a freakish bullying incident robs him of his confidence and diverts his life down a very different path.

25 years later, having locked away his boyhood dreams, Bruce finds himself out-of-shape, unloved and well and truly wedged in his comfort zone.

It takes the arrival of Julia (Jones), his smart, funny, gorgeous new American boss, to force him to re-examine his dull, passionless existence. But she’s way out of his league, and with expert lothario and alpha-male office nemesis Drew (O’Dowd) in rampant pursuit of her, it’s enough to make Bruce want to give up on himself all over again. Can his loyal sister (Colman), childhood dance mentor (McShane), and crazy new amateur salsa pal (Novak) help Bruce unshackle his dancing beast, regain his long lost fury and claim the love of his life?

I’d kept the idea hidden for about three years, but I was a bit tipsy one night and thought, ‘just do it’. It’s that thing where you wake up in the morning and check your sent box. ‘What did I do?


We met up with the film's main man; Shaun Of the Dead and Hot Fuzz star Nick Frost after tuesday's Manchester premiere, just one of a long list of places he's scheduled to visit while he tirelessly promotes his new movie worldwide, it's a good thing he likes this bit.

Birmingham tomorrow, then London, Dublin, Sydney for a week and then over to America for 3-4 weeks. I’ll be in Australia for Valentine’s Day. he told me.

In terms of what I do, I think making a film and being a film maker is a three step process, you write it, then you shoot it and then there’s this bit. I like this bit. I’ve only been doing this for 10 years, I was a waiter when I was 29, and now I’m up here in Manchester doing a screening of a big British film that I lead and produced. It's a really good thing.

We're more familiar with seeing you as the sidekick to Simon Pegg but not this time around.

This is one of my passion projects, Simon's been doing Man up with Lake bell, he does pop up for a moment in this movie too, people seem to love that bit, it happens so fast they sort of do a double take, whoa there he is.

Films that are huge at the box office and films that are a cult hit are rarely the same thing but we’ve been really lucky that people genuinely loved Sean of the Dead, Hot fuzz, and Paul did very well.

Cuban fury is a romantic comedy with a difference, Frost explains:

I think the whole point was he is just a normal bloke, in a lot of romantic comedy films; it’s about making yourself better so you get the girl you know and this isn’t that, he makes himself better to essentially just make himself feel better and because of that – he gets the girl. It is different. The first way, if he loses the girl then he’s ruined again, but this way he is confident enough now that his life would be changed forever.

It’s all in the attitude, look at me, look at me dancing, look at what I’m wearing...

What did you enjoy most about making Cuban fury?

Meeting the Latin community, they were so positive, about everything, all the time. Now I’m not sure if it’s the Latin community or dancers and dancing. They smile all the time and that’s so infectious, you want to be around it and it’s a wonderful thing. A lot of time I left there thinking ‘I wish I could be more like those people’, It’s all in the attitude, look at me, look at me dancing, look at what I’m wearing...

All movie's need great co-stars and this one boasts a sterling list of co's and cameos including Rashida Jones, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Chris O'Dowd and Ian McShane.

I’ve known Olivia Colman for a long time (she plays the omni-encouraging sister), she was in Hot Fuzz and we’ve just done a sit-com together called ‘Mr Sloane’ for SKY which is out sometime in June i think. This time she plays my wife, going from sister to wife, you know there’s a couple of scenes in ‘Mr Sloan’ where we have a bit of a cuddle, which is a bit weird.

Chris O’Dowd I’ve known for years, we’ve worked together before and remained friends, we do have a good laugh, if you watch me and Chris together acting in this, you see I look at his shoulders and chest a lot and not because he’s playing the bully, the truth is I couldn’t look him in the eye without laughing, he’s so clever, sharp and funny.

And then there’s Rachida (Jones), we had dinner one night, about 6 months before we shot the thing - it was like I had known her for 10 years despite never having met her before, we had friends in common but I’d never met her and we just sat and chatted for 3 hours, about shit, you know – about nothing… comedy, music about anything we liked. It was one of those rare things with Rachida, when you meet someone who just 'gets it'. I think if you meet someone like that you should hang onto them.

What next for Nick Frost?

Edgar's doing Ant man in Atlanta and me and Simon have a great idea for a little Inbetweener thing which I think is going to be really different to things we’ve done before and the three of us have another great idea for a thing we’re gonna do once the dust clears on the projects we’re working on now.

There’s no rush. We’ve always said from the get go, we’re here for the long haul. There really is no rush. After World’s ends people thought we would immediately get back up and bang something out but that’s just not how we do it.

We take our time, we find a story that we like and that fascinates us as rapidly aging men and Simon and Edgar will write it from their heart and we’ll make it the only way we know how.

Cuban fury is out in cinemas this Valentine's day 14th February 2014. If you liked anything else Nick Frost's been in before you'll probably love it.

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