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  1. Alien Sex Fiend
    ford_nation.jpg.size.medium2.promo.jpg Mayor Rob Ford launched his new YouTube series Monday with an admission that he lied about using drugs because he was “embarrassed” and “didn’t want to tell the truth.”

    The mayor appears with his brother, Councillor Doug Ford, in new four videos that were made available this morning on their new Youtube channel. One of the clips, titled “Rob Ford comes clean” features a question from a person identified as Sandra from Bangkok, Thailand, asking the mayor why he lied about his substance-abuse problem when first asked. During those months he was repeatedly questioned on his use of the drug. He said then that he did not lie, but that reporters “didn’t ask the correct questions.”

    “I do not have a substance abuse problem,” Ford says. “Did I experiment with drugs? Yes I have. Why did I lie? I think everybody in the world has lied. Because I was embarrassed. I didn’t want to tell the truth.

    “I’m not a drug addict. I don’t use drugs. Have I in the past? Yes. When they ask me, it’s very, very humiliating in front of the world to say ‘yes,’ and everybody’s lied, so maybe people can tell me, why do you lie? People either lie to cover up, people lie because they’re embarrassed, and that’s why I lied.”

    Ford admitted to smoking crack cocaine following months of reports of a video in which he appears to be smoking the substance. Shortly after the admission, council stripped Ford of most of his powers, making him essentially mayor in name only. Ford began 2014 by becoming the first candidate to register for the mayoral race, asking the public to focus on his record as mayor rather than his behaviour while in office.

    ~ Toronto Star


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    ROB FORD The Movie

    Two major movie producers have picked up the rights to Star reporter Robyn Doolittle’s best-selling book, Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story, promising a dramatic treatment of the man and machinations behind the scenes of the city’s political turmoil.

    What do you think?

    Who should play Rob Ford on film?

    Jack Black
    Michael Chiklis
    Jonah Hill
    Kevin James
    Seth Rogan
    Will Sasso

    Producers Daniel Iron and Lance Samuels are taking the reins on the project. Iron, who grew up in Toronto, said he wants to bring it to the screen as an “emotive” feature rife with drama.
    “It’s not our intention to do a salacious farce — this is a serious story… Part of it is a story about the city, so I think it’s important to see the city, to see downtown, to see the suburbs … The story has great drama in it,” said Iron, who compared his vision for the book to Game Change, a 2012 HBO political drama about the rise and fall of Sarah Palin.
    The pair are with the Toronto-based company Blue Ice Pictures.Iron and Samuels’ flair for serious drama was part of what made their shop stand out to Doolittle, who had “several” offers to buy film rights for the book.
    “When I met Danny he seemed really interested in it, and he seemed interested in it beyond the comedy aspect of the whole thing,” said Doolittle. “There are, of course, elements of dark comedy that we have seen played out on YouTube, but there’s a real seriousness to this story as well. He seemed interested in all aspects of it.”

    Doolittle has been investigating the scandal surrounding the mayor for more than two years. Her book chronicles generations of his family and provides greater insight into Ford. She was one of three reporters who viewed a video in which Ford appears to be smoking crack cocaine and making homophobic and racist remarks. The scandal has unfolded in waves, with more videos surfacing showing the mayor, apparently inebriated, making a range of controversial remarks — from death threats to an unknown person to cursing in Jamaican patois and ranting about the police chief at Steak Queen.

    “There’s so much more to it than silly YouTube videos, and miming drunk driving and bowling over councillors and outrageous statements,” said Doolittle. “Danny just seemed like he really cared about the subject matter and wanted to tell that story.”

    As for the favourite water-cooler discussion — who will play the mayor? — Iron says people are researching it. “That’s obviously a difficult casting issue,” he said.
    “The story is very current. It does take some time to write a script and make a film, but we’re on to do this as quickly as possible, while the story is still in people’s minds.”

    ~ Toronto Star
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