Jim Gaffigan Tapped to Portray Controversial Rob Ford on New AMC Series

Jim Gaffigan Tapped to Portray Controversial Rob Ford on New AMC Series
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‘The Hangover’ star Ed Helms, in the meantime, is on board as an executive producer for the planned project that will chronicle the rise and fall of the former Mayor of Toronto.

AceShowbiz – Comedian Jim Gaffigan is set to take on the role of controversial Canadian politician Rob Ford on a new TV series.

The Hangover” star Ed Helms is on board as an executive producer for the planned project, which is in development for U.S. network AMC, and will chronicle the rise and fall of Ford, who served as the Mayor of Toronto from 2010 to 2014.

He hit headlines worldwide when he was caught on camera smoking crack cocaine during his reelection campaign in 2013, leading Ford to publicly confess and apologize for the drunken, drug-fueled rampage.

He was soon diagnosed with pleomorphic liposarcoma, a rare form of cancer, in 2014 and died two years later, aged 46.

Stuber” filmmaker Michael Dowse will executive produce and direct the forthcoming series, reports Variety.

Gaffigan will follow in the footsteps of former “Homeland” star Damian Lewis, who was unrecognizable as Ford in director Ricky Tollman‘s recent movie, “Run This Town“.

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