Cuban Fury, releasing in the US in select theaters April 11, is the story of love, determination, and salsa dancing. Played by Nick Frost, one of the points of contention amongst viewers and press is the fact that, well, Nick doesn't exactly look the part of a salsa dancer. Hey, I get that, I see where they're coming from. But it pains me to even see these kinds of comments, especially to hear these kinds of questions being asked by the press.
Nick, as usual, takes these questions in stride and gives off very respectful answers. He's been in this game long enough to know how things are, and what kind of role model he can be towards others. Below, we will go over some of his prior work, bringing to light some of the more strenuous moments in his film making career, and hopefully help show you that, well - the guy's pretty damn versatile and awesome.
Our trip begins a decade ago, when Nick was first starting out in the acting business. The first in what would then be known to be labeled the "Cornetto Trilogy", Shaun of the Dead brought us Ed, the pot smoking jolly partner to the titular Shaun. While coming across as a lazy good for nothing, Ed clearly was raring to go for a good fight, and was more than glad to show it. Examples of this being - chucking records, slapping skulls with shovels, and even barrelling over bar tables. It would be at this point where FROSTITUTION would be created, and along for the ride for what would come later.
Three years later, in Hot Fuzz, we visit the idyllic village of Sandford, which harbors a dark secret. Having been relocated, Nicholas Angel discovers an ally and friend in bumbling constable Danny Butterman. Danny, like many other adults - young and old alike - dreams to have a crazy action adventure like the many films he's watched and admired. Soon after, he finally gets his wish. Nick, as Danny, amps up the action and character with a myriad of leaps over bushes, through fences, and holding his own with a shotgun.
It finally comes to a head in the final entry to the Cornetto Trilogy, The World's End, when Andy Knightley is dragged into the one and only Gary King's Golden Mile in his childhood town of Newton Haven. It's only when the night goes on do they discover a terrifying secret, bringing about the fight of their lives. This film is easily my favorite of the three, because it is here where Nick shines, showcasing the brawling abilities of what may as well be an MMA fighter. Terrifying strength is on display as Nick gives backbreakers, decapitations, and outright destroys everything in his path. He even has time to display some athletics when dodging and weaving through hordes. Having played Rugby as a kid, it's only natural.
As you may have guessed, many of the fights were well choreographed, thanks to Brad Allen, who works a lot with Jackie Chan, so a lot of practice and preparation were required for this. It worked out brilliantly in the end, but feel free to watch as Nick prepares for his future career in the octagon.
And then we come to Cuban Fury, releasing just this week in the US on April 11. Cuban Fury tells the story of Bruce Garrett, an average guy with a not so average talent. As a wee lad, Bruce was at the top of his game, but due to an unfortunate accident, his confidence drops to an all-time zero, taking away what should have been the Junior Salsa Championships. Fast forward, and Bruce is like any other adult - out of shape, unloved, and full of apathy towards himself and others. When a new, and quite good looking boss comes into play, he discovers that she in fact harbors the same talent and passion that he once did. However, he will have some opposition to overcome.
A stark contrast from performing wrestling moves, salsa dancing is in a league of its own, and Nick had to steadily prepare for this role by taking classes of his own. Starting just seven months before filming, Nick had zero knowledge about salsa dancing, but as you can see, there were some rough spots, some frustration, but by the end of the regiment, Nick was pretty much flowing through like fresh water. You'll be able to see the end result come this Friday, April 11, when Cuban Fury hits American theaters.
Nick is one of the rare persons breaking the barriers of what is considered a "Real Man" - and hopefully more look up to him as a role model and in a positive light. In Cuban Fury, Real Men Dance. But they also do other things, should they so desire.