Damian Lewis to Play Controversial Ex-Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in Drama


Golden Globe victor Damian Lewis (Billions, Homeland) is taking on the role of the former infamous mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, in the upcoming thriller Run This Town, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film - which reportedly follows a journalist trying to expose a political scandal - is now filming in Toronto and other details are scarce. He underwent chemotherapy, but passed away in March 2016 at the age of 46. Other than Ford, supporting characters in the film - which will focus on a reporter's efforts to expose Ford's debauchery - will be fictional characters for some reason. The politician's aides, played by Nina Dobrev and Mena Massoud, try their best to handle him and keep the story suppressed.

Tollman says he was taken aback by the initial response to the film based on a brief synopsis that describes it as the story of "a young journalist, desperate to prove himself, who catches wind of a scandal involving a flashy, unpredictable politician with no filter".

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Run This Town, now in production in Toronto, follows "the inner workings of a city seen through the eyes of the interns and assistants that run it", according to its IMDb description.

Ford was the mayor of Toronto from 2010 and 2014, and frequently stirred controversy both locally and overseas for public intoxication and drug use.

In a subsequent tweet mentioning Platt, she said she did not begrudge him for his role in the film but was upset "just about the move in general: obviously I'm biased, but man, I've seen a lot of stories by male reporters celebrated in movies".