You Will Believe Al Swearengen Can Dance: Ian McShane Cast in ‘Cuban Fury’

Ian McShane is an accomplished actor who’s been steadily working in the business for more decades than he’d probably like to admit at this point, but these days he’s likely best known for bringing the phrase “cocksucker” back into style while playing the cutthroat and dastardly saloon owner Al Swearengen on HBO’s Deadwood, so it’s kind of funny to picture him salsa dancing, which is what he’s going to be doing in his next film.

According to THR, McShane has just signed on for a big role in the upcoming UK comedy Cuban Fury. The film, which was penned by a television writer named Jon Brown but which comes from an idea of Nick Frost’s, will feature Frost playing a schlubby doormat type who’s inspired to return to the world of salsa dancing because of a crush that he has on his boss. You see, his character used to be a dancing prodigy, but he had his career ruined early on by a rival dancer. Probably the idea of watching Nick Frost sexy-dance sounds appealing enough to sell you on seeing this one already, but wait, it gets even better.

The boss that he’s crushing on is going to be played by the talented and adorable Rashida Jones, and McShane’s role is that of his new dance instructor. And, in addition to that, Irish actor Chris O’Dowd, who recently charmed the world in Bridesmaids, and Hot Fuzz vet Olivia Colman are also said to be signed on to undisclosed roles. Clearly all of that adds up to a movie that’s going to be worth watching out for, but if O’Dowd happens to be playing the vindictive dancer who ruined Frost’s salsa dreams and some weird Black Swan tension creeps into the scenes where Frost and McShane are dancing together, then this one could end up being the film event of the decade.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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