Bruce (Nick Frost), former child-prodigy salsa dancer, making it big on the professional dance circuit, ditches his brilliant career when a group of bullies torment him. As the years pass, having given up what he most loved, Bruce numbs his feelings through eating and emotional repression. Then his new boss at the engineering firm arrives: lovely, salsa-dancing Julia. All would be hunky-dory except obnoxious coworker Bruce (Chris O’Dowd), also smitten by the lass, delights in displaying competitive, testosterone-driven behaviors. Much angst ensues--but alas!—salsa dancing saves the day.
Nick’s first thought: You idiot! What have you done? I have to do this show now, whether I like it or not.
Seven months of training loomed before him. Nick said, “A week in, it was like I’d started a prison sentence. It was 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. lifting weights, then skipping across to Pineapple Studios for six hours. It wasn’t until week twelve that I started to improve.
“But the whole point for me was that I did all the dancing. I’m writing a wrestling film, and I want to do all the wrestling. It’s a shame there isn’t an Oscar for most effort put into a romantic dance comedy.”
Please note, dear Anglophiles, Cuban Fury is a light, fun, summertime movie. To avoid disappointment, don’t expect the depth of Gosford Park, the edginess of Trainspotting, or the gravitas of The Queen. But if you need a “bit of Britain” to feed your Anglophilia and like salsa music, you may well adore Cuban Fury!
Release date: Mid to late April