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Zumba girls’ night out starring in Cuban Fury film

Crawley's Sue Izan [me], Gemma Edwards, Steph Chan-lok, Jo Cooper, Claire Burton & Lauren Keating, who star in Cuban Fury film - photo submitted

Crawley's Sue Izan [me], Gemma Edwards, Steph Chan-lok, Jo Cooper, Claire Burton & Lauren Keating, who star in Cuban Fury film - photo submitted

A Crawley fitness instructor and some of the ladies from her class will feature in a film set to hit the cinema screens on Valentine’s Day.

Jo Cooper, who teaches Zumba in Crawley and south Surrey, was asked last year if she wanted to play a Latin aerobics instructor in the film Cuban Fury starring Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead) and Ian McShane (Lovejoy and Pirates of the Caribbean: Stranger Tides).

A casting director then came to one of her classes to find people to play the parts of her friends on a night out.

She selected Sue Izan, Gemma Edwards, Lauren Keating, Steph Chan-lok all from Crawley to join her on set.

Jo said: “We had a crazy, exciting day on the film set. I’m so excited as we even made the trailer. This doesn’t happen everyday.”

Gemma, 37, from Maidenbower, said: “It’s one of those things that’s a totally surreal experience. You don’t expected to happen in your life.

“They came to The Brook in Maidenbower and just sat on the side and we did out class as normal. They then picked out people and we got a message a couple of days later saying ‘you’ve been selected, are you able to come and film on a particular date’.

“All we knew was that Jo was going to be on a night out with her friend and there’s going to be a joke around us.

“When they were rehearsing they were trying out all the lines and we were trying not to laugh.

“I love dancing, but I’ve never done anything like this. Jo is brilliant that she has all these contacts and that we have had this chance.”

They were on set with some of the stars.

Gemma said: “Nick Frost and Ian McShane were there. They were in our scene. We did the practice of that little bit and they built it up with all the extras. It was quite surreal.”

Lauren, 20, also from Maidenbower, said: “It was amazing. There was a backstage feeling with everyone running around. We did out scene about a thousand times. It was like being in a nightclub all day.

“We met the director and choreographer. It was just really surreal thinking about it.

“You don’t expect to go to a Zumba class and end up in a film. I didn’t even expect to be picked and I’m really thankful to Jo.

“To do it with people you see on a weekly basis, that made it the best thing.”

The film is out in cinemas on Friday February 14, Valentine’s Day.

 

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