Jim Gaffigan to play Rob Ford in new TV series

Jim Gaffigan to play Rob Ford in new TV series

Actor/comedian Jim Gaffigan will play late Toronto mayor Rob Ford in a series to be filmed for AMC, Variety magazine reported Tuesday.

The project, described by the showbiz industry website as a “dark comedy,” will be written by “Letterkenny” veteran Jesse McKeown and directed by fellow Canadian Michael Dowse, of “Stuber,” “Goon” and “FUBAR” fame. The series is said to depict the rise and fall of Ford — brother to today’s Ontario Premier Doug Ford — as he climbs the ranks to Toronto’s highest office before the crack cocaine scandal that derailed his political career. (Rob Ford died of cancer in 2016.)

Gaffigan, 53, is best known to fans of standup comedy, a field where he has numerous TV specials under his belt, making him a considerable star globally and locally; his most recent Toronto performance saw him headline the Budweiser Stage, capacity 16,000, in 2018. But the Indiana native’s acting career has been moving forward of late with starring roles in film dramas such as “American Dreamer” and “Them That Follow.”

The late mayor was already brought to dramatic life earlier this year; British actor Damian Lewis donned prosthetics to depict the heavyset politician in the film “Run This Town,” released two months ago.

Garnet Fraser
Garnet Fraser is a deputy entertainment editor and a contributor to the Star’s Entertainment section. He is based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @garnetfraser

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