Male actor cast as reporter in Rob Ford movie, real-life journalist Robyn Doolittle isn’t pleased
Much ado was made on Tuesday when it was revealed that former Homeland actor Damian Lewis will be playing late Toronto mayor Rob Ford in the upcoming thriller, Run This Town.
Shortly after that bombshell made the rounds on social media, ex-Toronto Star reporter (and current Globe & Mail reporter) Robyn Doolittle, the author of biography Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story and one of the most preeminent journalists covering Ford’s mayorship and private life, expressed her disappointment in another Run This Town casting: that of the lead reporter, who will be played by male actor Ben Platt (Pitch Perfect). READ MORE
Reporter Robyn Doolittle Unimpressed That Rob Ford Movie Cast Dude As Main Journalist
A new movie will follow a young, male reporter as he desperately chases an exclusive story about former Toronto mayor Rob Ford. And the woman who actually helped break the news of Ford’s drug use isn’t too impressed.
The casting decision for “Run This Town” was met with sarcasm by former Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle. She wrote several in-depth stories on Ford, and later authored a book about him called “Crazy Town.” READ MORE
Wait, Why Doesn’t the Rob Ford Movie Include Robyn Doolittle?
Not surprised, just seriously disappointed. I mean she *literally* wrote the book on Rob Ford… It was really only a matter of time before someone made a film about Rob Ford.
Toronto’s infamous mayor, who passed away in 2016, made headlines across the world in early May 2013 after Gawker and the Toronto Star published details about a grainy cellphone video that was being shopped around for six figures showing the politician smoking crack cocaine. It was a story that not only made Ford a household name, but also catapulted Robyn Doolittle’s career as an investigative reporter. She was one of the first journalists to uncover the story of Ford’s dangerous double life. READ MORE
Rob Ford film faces backlash for casting a male reporter over a female
Robyn Doolittle broke huge stories during the Ford era, but a male is playing the reporter in Run This Town.
The female reporter who broke many of the biggest stories about former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, from his political life to his alcohol and drug use, is crying foul after the movie version of the story features a male reporter.
Robyn Doolittle, who worked forthe Toronto Star at the time but is now at the Globe and Mail, also penned a book about Ford called Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story, which became an instant bestseller after its 2014 release. READ MORE