The words of Jack Layton’s final letter to Canadians ring throughout the preview of Jack, a biopic of the former NDP leader.
“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear.”
CBC’s sneak peek of the film shows snippets of Layton’s political and private life; notably his health issues during the 2011 federal election. Layton died of cancer at age 61 shortly after leading the NDP to Official Opposition status.
Canadian actor Rick Roberts (Little Mosque, Republic Of Doyle) plays Layton and the host of CBC’s Definitely Not The Opera, Sook-Yin Lee, plays his wife, MP Olivia Chow.
Chow, who has yet to see the film, told the Toronto Star she hoped the film would "inspire more people to get involved and try to make the world a better place."
The biopic may ruffle some feathers, as it has been described as a "relentlessly sunny portrait" of the politician.
Yet, Executive Producer Laszlo Barna insists the film isn't strictly political, Yahoo News reported last summer.
"The film is about public service and the notion of public service. I don't look at it from a partisanship point of view," he said.
Jack will air March 10 at 8 p.m. on CBC.
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