Irish funnyman Chris O’dowd escaped the Bridesmaids hype by finding some soul Down Under, he tells
How a geek inherited the mirth
Q: You’re shooting Cuban Fury in London with Nick Frost, a movie which sounds ridiculous – in a good way.
A: Totally. If anything it’s even more ridiculous than you could imagine. It’s a salsa dancing comedy. Q: Are you busting any moves? A: I get to bust out my knee, pretty much, on a daily basis. I’m a relatively young man, but nothing makes me feel older than when I dance. Q: How did you end up making
The Sapphires in Australia? A: It happened in the weeks following
Bridesmaids ’ release. I was getting sent a lot of scripts and this one just jumped out at me because I hadn’t seen that world before. And it seemed to make sense to me, in a very irrational way, to get away from all the hullaballoo and go down to Australia and make a little film that I liked. I’ve been surprised by how well it’s been received so far. I presumed it would just be released in Australia and maybe a little release in England, but the fact it’s blown up a bit bigger than that is very exciting. Q: So you’ve unwittingly stepped into another high- profile film! A: Yeah, how dare they? I thought we made a promise! Q: Did your agents question your sanity running off to do a little Australian film when you had so much heat? A: I’ve got supportive people around me and they trust my instincts, but there was a bit of, ‘ I’m sorry, you’re doing what?’