Although there is no official motion picture being planned, actor and filmmaker Woody Harrelson recently stated in an interview that he would like to portray Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in a motion picture.
Over the years, there have been films based on mayors around the world. One of the most notable pictures, or television movie, was 2003’s “Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story,” which starred James Woods as the former New York Mayor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate.
Will there be a Toronto Mayor Rob Ford movie? Not yet, but in a recent interview with NOW Magazine, two-time Academy-Award nominee Woody Harrelson said he would like to portray the former Etobicoke City Councillor.
“I hope one day to play Rob Ford,” said Harrelson. “I like playing anti-heroes, or in this case a stone cold villain. Being a method actor, I’ll have to start eating meat, hating bicycles and enjoying censorship.”
Harrelson appears on the front page of NOW nude but covering his genital area with a copy of the NOW that had a photoshopped image of the Toronto Mayor wearing nothing at all.
It was reported earlier this month that the mayor allegedly removed all copies of the magazine from city hall. NOW Publisher Michael Hollett criticized the move and filed a complaint to the city’s integrity commissioner. Hollett accuses Ford of misusing his influence as mayor to ordering the magazines to be removed.
The mayor’s office stated that the action was poor communication and Ford took it all in stride, reports CBC News.
Harrelson is in town to promote his new play “Bullet for Adolf,” which premieres Thursday at the Hart House Theatre in downtown Toronto. The actor has appeared in such films as “Natural Born Killers,” “Indecent Proposal,” and “The People vs. Larry Flynt.” Harrelson got his start in the 1985 television series “Cheers.”