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Damian Lewis in Run This Town: A First Look – Nov 19, 2018

Ford Nation of Toronto

by Damianista | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | November 19, 2018

Rob Ford was no ordinary mayor. He was regularly involved in controversy from 2010 to 2014 as he ran the city of Toronto. Ford was, in particular, repeatedly videotaped and photographed while intoxicated in public, culminating in his being recorded smoking crack cocaine as reported by the Kevin Donovan and Robyn Doolittle of the Toronto Star. The Star won the Michener Award, one of the highest distinctions in Canadian journalism, for the investigative journalism.

“The Toronto Star exposed Ford’s public drunkenness, boorish behavior, abuses of his office, and existence of a video of him smoking crack cocaine accompanied by members of drug gang. The Star did not waver as the mayor countered every story with vehement denials and attacks.”

And the police investigation the scandal triggered resulted in Ford losing most of his mayoral powers in a quite undignified way. Continue reading Damian Lewis in Run This Town: A First Look – Nov 19, 2018

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A Casual Stroll Around Toronto – April 27, 2018

Toronto: Run This Town

by MailOnline Reporter | Daily Mail | April 27, 2018

He shocked fans with his incredible transformation on set of his new film, Run This Town. Yet Damian Lewis had shed the prosthetics he wore to portray Toronto’s Ex-Mayor Rob Ford in the scenes, cutting a more casual look as he went out on a stroll around Toronto on Friday.  Back to his best, the 47-year-old actor seemed in good spirits on the outing.

One fan took to Instagram to share an encounter:

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Damian Transforms for Run This Town – April 23, 2018

See Damian Transform Into Toronto Ex-Mayor Rob Ford

by etalk.ca | April 23, 2018

Damian’s transformation into late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford for the movie Run This Town is complete.  He took to Twitter to give us fans an inside look into the prosthetic preparation.

Exclusive first-look at photos with Damian transforming into full costume:

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Damian to Play Rob Ford in the Movie ‘Run This Town’ – April 10, 2018

Damian Will Play a Flashy, Unpredictable Politician with No Filter

by Michael Oliveira | The Globe and Mail | April 10, 2018

As we initially reported back on March 26 and confirmed by both Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter, Damian will play controversial ex-Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in the drama, Run This Town. In an interview released today, Damian revealed he was fitted with a prosthetic in order to play the former mayor, who died in 2016 at the age of 46. Damian told Kit Magazine the process took an entire afternoon, which involved “getting his face and head completely covered in silicon strips, breathing through a small hole near the nose.”

However, writer-director Ricky Tollman clarified the film is not a biopic. Tollman says Ford is actually a fairly minor character in the story of a young wannabe journalist and other millennials who struggle to make a living in a post-recession economy. Ben Platt plays a bumbling newsroom intern who wants to break the story on the Ford scandal — but is several steps behind other reporters.

Tollman said he was thrilled to recruit Lewis to portray Ford, calling him “one of the most talented actors working today.”  “I thought that this is a guy that can play the moments of darkness and depth, but can also play the lighter moments. Rob was a guy that was elected because people wanted to grab a beer with the guy, you know?” said Tollman.

“He [Lewis] took to the idea that this wasn’t a one-dimensional version of this character.”

Continue reading Damian to Play Rob Ford in the Movie ‘Run This Town’ – April 10, 2018