Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle, who was one of the three journalists behind the bombshell Rob Ford accusations in 2013, famously put out a tell-all book about the troubled Toronto mayor last week.
Doolittle was one of the first journalists to view the alleged Rob Ford crack video and report on its contents in May 2013. Her dogged pursuit of the story has uncovered disturbing details about the mayor’s past and embroiled Toronto police, city councillors, and ordinary citizens in a raucous debate about the future of the city.
But there is far more to the story.
The Ford family has a long, unhappy history of substance abuse and criminal behaviour. Despite their troubles, they are also one of the most ambitious families in Canada. Those close to the Fords say they often compare themselves to the Kennedys and believe they were born to lead. As Rob Ford filed his papers to run for mayor in 2014, Doolittle argues that he can win again.
Blue Ice producer Daniel Iron says, “This is a story about the city in which I have lived my entire life and has great political, cultural and civic meaning to me. Robyn Doolittle's book is a testament to dogged, fearless and exemplary journalism. We are excited to be working with Ms. Doolittle to bring this story to the screen."
Robyn Doolittle notes, "If you tried to make this story up, people would think it was over the top. The Rob Ford investigation is something I've been working on for more than two years. It's something I'm obviously very invested in. It's so much more
than just a crack video and YouTube clips. I am excited that Danny and Lance share that sense of it, and am really looking forward to working with them.”
So who should play Rob Ford? Here are our suggestions (keep in mind some are tongue-in-cheek).
This well-respected actor would absolutely kill it.
OK, physically he's not a match, but if Gosling wants to take on some challenging character acting, this is the role for him.
Smith is famous for his no-nonsense attitude, which goes hand-in-hand with Rob Ford's demeanour.
After his turn in the serious "Bernie," Black proved his acting chops. Plus he can sing!
This guy has played Jim Morrison <em>and</em> Batman. We think he can tackle the role of the Toronto mayor.
He's Canadian. He's funny. And he does an amazing freakout. Check out his stuff on "MadTV."
Just perfect. We've seen him play the stubborn, bull-headed guy many times before.
If this Canadian comedian didn't pass away, he'd probably be <em>so</em> game for this role.
This picture alone says it all. (It also makes us realize how much we miss Farley.)