You don't earn a reputation as the crack smoking, cunnilinging mayor of the fourth largest city in North America without your story getting optioned for a movie, or at least a TV movie. And so, the Rob Ford movie gets cast.
Last week, Toronto Star journalist Robyn Doolittle released Crazy Town, her book about the never-ending saga of Toronto mayor Rob Ford, his family, and the kingdom in which they have come to rule. Less than seven days later, Blue Ice Pictures, a Toronto production company, scooped up the movie and TV rights for the book, at least in Canada. It's not a large, well known operation — their biggest credit is Sarah Polley's 2006 movie Away From Her — but the news signals that by the time this story plays itself out and Rob Ford leaves office, one way or another, the Toronto mayor's story will more than likely make its to the big screen in America.
So we're here to help cast the big Hollywood version of the movie for whenever that inevitability occurs. Here are our choices:
Role: John Cook
Actor: Mark Strong
Why: It's a small role, really, considering Cook was in Toronto for a matter of days before breaking the story of the crack tape. But it's still an important part of the story, and so he deserves a recognizable name like Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes; Zero Dark Thirty), who has made a decent living playing the kind of no-bullshit, tough guys who would spend a weekend chasing a video of a mayor smoking crack.