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Damian Lewis on playing Rob Ford – March 5, 2020

He Was a Troubled Soul

by Mark Daniell | Toronto Sun | March 5, 2020

Billions star Damian Lewis plays the late Rob Ford in the new political thriller Run This Town. But down the line from the U.K. to promote the film, he wants to make it clear that it isn’t a straight biopic of the former crack-smoking Toronto mayor.

“This is a film about the younger generation around him in Toronto,” Lewis says. “It’s about the younger millennials who were affected by working for someone like Rob Ford.”

Written and directed by Ricky Tollman, the film pools together ambitious journalists and editors alongside social-climbing political aides as it dramatizes the scandal that plagued Ford’s steward as Toronto mayor.

In reality, it was Globe & Mail columnist (then a reporter at the Toronto Star) Robyn Doolittle who broke the story. Tollman’s film gender-swaps the character, casting Ben Platt (Netflix’s The Politician) as a struggling reporter who chases the infamous crack video in a bid to get out of writing top 10 lists.

Aladdin star Mena Massoud and Nina Dobrev play two assistants to the mayor, desperately trying to keep Ford’s behaviour under control.

“The film is mostly interested in the aftermath and trauma of being so close to a human wrecking ball like that,” Lewis, 49, says. “What does it do to you when you work for someone who behaves that way? That’s what the film is about. Of course, the film is a thriller, too, because everyone is trying to find out exactly what went on, which is why I loved it.”

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VIDEO: Run This Town Twitter Q&A – March 3, 2020

“Damian Did Such a Great Job”

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 3, 2020

In case you missed it, Nina Dobrev and Mena Massoud were answering questions live today about Run This Town, which is out in select theaters this Friday, March 6, and well as Video On Demand same day.  About 25 minutes into this video, Nina talks about the scene she filmed with Damian in Run This Town.

 

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Run This Town Review – March 2, 2020

Damian Lewis is Exceptional as Ford

by Hannah Hoolihan | Screen Rant | March 2, 2020

In May of 2013, a video surfaced that appeared to show Toronto’s former mayor, Rob Ford, smoking crack. It was hardly the first time his name had come up in relation to controversy, but it was the rock big enough to cause a ripple effect throughout his administration. But, rather than focusing on Ford’s bombastic personality and fall from grace, writer-director Ricky Tollman’s debut feature centers on those in smaller positions working in a variety of industries around him. Whether they’re eager to break this monumental story or to try and keep it contained, the effort exuded by each party far outweighs Ford’s cataclysmic nature, even if his presence looms heavily over the narrative. Run This Town falls short of its storytelling aspirations but finds success in Ben Platt and Mena Massoud, who lead with lively, enthralling energy.

Run This Town‘s narrative is mainly focused on Kamal (Massoud), a political aide to Ford, and Bram (Platt), a recently-graduated journalism major with a hunger to break his first big story. The two live entirely different lives, but share one common goal of climbing the respective ladders at their institutions. When the video of Ford becomes known to Bram, he jumps at the opportunity to use this as his ticket to leave his current position as a listicle writer. Kamal, on the other hand, is struggling to contain the story while still maintaining his legitimacy in his field. In the end, the true focus of Tollman’s story is how tirelessly these two characters worked to prove themselves, which Massoud and Platt play up in equally electric performances.

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A Millennial Adventure Set During Rob Ford Scandal – Feb 29, 2020

Damian Lewis as Rob Ford Generated Worldwide Chatter

by Susan Minuk | The Canadian Jewish News | February 28, 2020

The wildly anticipated movie Run This Town follows three millennials struggling to find their place in the world against the backdrop of the Rob Ford scandal that engulfed Toronto in 2013.

This is the directorial debut for writer/director Ricky Tollman, and is produced by Randy Manis and Jonathan Bronfman. The three-year project was filmed in Toronto in 20 days, shooting at landmarks such as Nathan Phillips Square, city chambers and the Thompson Hotel. Tollman says viewers, Toronto ones especially, may be surprised to see the iconic United Bakers Dairy Restaurant on screen.

In the film, Tollman examines the relationship between news, politics and entertainment.

“With the surge in clickbait headlines and 140-character reporting, politics has shifted. What can get the most likes? It’s entertainment,” Tollman said. “I wanted to tell a story about people that took place in the walls of news, which has shifted over the last 10 or 12 years from binding fact check news to opinion and the most eyeballs.”

Bringing actor Damian Lewis to play Ford generated worldwide chatter. “We needed a specific actor that could be that politician. And Damian is charming and funny – but can also play shades of darkness in one moment and then in the next moment you can be laughing with him,” Tollman said. “And you’re not sure you should be laughing!”

Although the film is set during the Ford scandal, it isn’t specifically “The Rob Ford story.”

“He appears in just a handful of scenes – it’s really a jumping off point,” Manis said. “I think that the portrait of Rob is sympathetic in that we definitely see multiple sides of him.”

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Run This Town Screening at Kingston Canadian Film Festival – Feb 24, 2020

Two Chances To See Run This Town During Release

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | February 24, 2020


Run This Town will be screened at The Kingston Canadian Film Festival (KCFF) this year!

  • Saturday, March 14, 2020
    6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
    20 Princess Street, Kingston, ON
    Screening Room
  • Sunday, March 15, 2020
    9:30 a.m. (doors open at 9:00 a.m.)
    The Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts
    390 King Street W, Kingston, ON
    Film Screening Room

The festival will be in full force from March 11-15, 2020, celebrating its 20th anniversary, with a full schedule of films that can be found here. KCFF is the largest festival in the world dedicated exclusively to Canadian film and provides access to Canadian film in traditional and unconventional venues across Kingston’s historic downtown. KCFF is an annual whirlwind of movies and special events that spark curiosity, ignite discussion and provide a fresh experience of Canadian film for both long-time festival goers and first-time enthusiasts alike. You can explore screenings, Q+As, parties, workshops, networking events, live music, stand-up comedy, and exhibitions.

The Closing Night Awards and Reception will be held at the Delta Hotel at 5:30 PM.

For more information about the festival, visit KCFF here
Passes and movie tickets are on sale now, here