Who says big guys can’t be sexy? That’s the question Nick Frost answers in his recent interview about his new movie, a fest called Cuban Fury. In the film, Frost plays Bruce Garrett, a downtrodden junior executive who was once a contender for London’s Junior Salsa Championship. 25 years later, our anti-hero older, bigger (wider) and stuck in his day to day life and uninspired job. Bruce’s passion for Salsa is re-ignited when his hot new boss arrives. But there is stiff competition to overcome. Nick Frost joined us for a chat about the film.
HS: What inspired the name of the film?
FROST: Cuban Salsa is among the best. It’s so cool. The second part was more like trying to have a title that made you think of a superhero. Our central character has that passion for Salsa.
HS: The dancers in the film were amazing. Where did you find them?
FRONT: Yes, they were amazing. Many of the salsa dancers appearing in the film were among the very best of the London Latino Salsa scene.
HS: You’ve action films with fights and shoot outs. How does this film compare?
FROST: You’d be surprised to learn that dance choreography was harder than fight choreography. But one thing I learned from doing both of them is that there is a powerful correlation between dancing and happiness.
HS: Your character got his sexy on every time he broke into Salsa. That’s not something you see very often with the big guys in movies.
FROSTNo it’s not often you see that. When you are big, and dance, people look at you a certain way. It’s like they really feel sorry for you. But really, It is about passion. Sexy isn’t about a six pack.
HS: You had to learn to dance salsa. This was something of a challenge. How did you catch on?
FROST: From the very start, I was accepted by the Cuban salsa community. Its like family. We wanted to tell a funny story, a love story and something with lots of action. We worked around the clock. When it came to preparing for those dance sequences, it was all business. We had to make sure that we paid homage to Salsa.
HS: The laughs come frequently and from unexpected places.
FRONT: It’s a fun story with colorful characters played by brilliant actors. Sometimes it was hard to keep a straight face with some of them.
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