Nick Frost had a deep, dark secret: He liked to dance. Or he wanted to like to dance. One night, after a few drinks, he pecked out a movie idea in an email to his longtime producer, Nira Park, then went to bed. She called him the next morning to say how much she liked his idea about a shy, average-looking guy who resurrects his childhood passion for salsa dancing in order to woo his beautiful new boss (Rashida Jones) away from her doucheboat boyfriend (Chris O’Dowd).
“I think I’d always been a massive fan of Strictly Ballroom,” says Frost, whose idea became Cuban Fury, in theaters April 11. “That was definitely my touchstone for this film, in terms of the comedy has to be funny and the drama has to be touching, yet the dancing has to be smoking hot and real. And I wanted to do [all the dancing], so that was pretty important too.”
As the saying goes, be careful what you ask for. Frost, best known as Simon Pegg’s burly sidekick in movies like Shawn of the Dead and The World’s End, put himself through a torturous training process to become a suave lord of the dance. Tears may have been shed. Toes and egos were certainly crushed. But for Frost, it was all worth it. “I kind of really worked freaking hard on this and it was my idea, so to see it come out kind of exactly how we wanted is a real treat,” he says.
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