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08-07-2012, 01:25 PM
I'll just leave this here. :D

Jack Layton's story coming to the small screen
By Tobi Cohen, Postmedia NewsAugust 7, 2012 2:02 PM

OTTAWA Production is underway on a small screen movie about iconic former NDP leader Jack Layton and Canadian actor Rick Roberts has announced he's playing the lead role.

The production, a joint effort by CBC, Pier 21 Films and Eagle Vision Inc. dubbed Smilin' Jack: The Jack Layton Story, began filming in Winnipeg on Aug. 5.

"It's been a pleasure looking into the life of such a multi-faceted man. I've had to learn to speak Cantonese and French, and play the guitar. Jack Layton was an incredible athlete, and I like to lie on the couch so this in itself has been challenging," said Roberts, who has appeared in a number of television shows including Traders and Republic of Doyle.

"The most intriguing part has been trying to embody his passion for life, his generosity, and his resolve to follow his vision in spite of overwhelming odds."

The film centres on the 2011 federal election campaign that saw the initially sickly leader hobbling on crutches and down in the polls sweep his typically fourth-party to official Opposition status for the first time in Canadian history.

It also examines the love story between him and Olivia Chow, fellow MP and wife for more than 20 years.

Canadian broadcaster, musician, actress and former MuchMusic VJ Sook-Yin Lee is playing the role of Chow.

"I am humbled and honoured to be playing Olivia Chow, in a project that is near and dear to me. Just over a year ago my little sister Deanna was diagnosed with cancer, and I saw firsthand the kind of strength and courage it takes to live with the disease," she said in a statement Tuesday.

"Jack and Olivia were an amazing team in life, love and politics. They cut through bureaucracy and remained accessible to people. It will be a challenge for me to embody Olivia in all her beautiful complexity. I hope to serve her well."

Despite his ill-health at the start of the election campaign, he suffered a hip fracture and was still battling prostate cancer, Layton appeared to recover over the course of the five weeks. But just months after his victory, an extremely frail and raspy-voiced Layton appeared on television to say he was stepping aside to battle a new, more aggressive form of cancer.

He died about a month later from a still undisclosed illness.


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08-07-2012, 01:39 PM
Politics aside, you have to give the guy credit for sticking to his guns and not backing down from a fight.

08-07-2012, 02:02 PM
It also examines the love story between him and massage parlours

I found a movie poster


08-08-2012, 07:39 AM
Politics aside, you have to give the guy credit for sticking to his guns and not backing down from a fight.

Even though this man was trying to rob me of my rights, I respect his courage and old man strength for battling that disease while campaigning. He's one tough SOB.

08-08-2012, 08:25 AM
until this past election he had 0 respect, his party wins big in an election and all of the sudden he's a respected national politician....BS i say

08-08-2012, 10:52 AM
I love a movie with a with a happy ending.;)

And I'm not talking about his death.:p

08-08-2012, 02:16 PM
I see what you did there. ;)

08-08-2012, 07:45 PM
i hate him and im glad hes dead, i was glad right away.

08-09-2012, 06:22 PM
Rick Roberts looks nothing like ol' E-Jack-U-Layton. They need the Video Professor guy.


Funny thing, when I googled this image it said "Related searches :jack layton".

08-10-2012, 08:44 AM
From what I've seen on the news the cbc is rewriting history to make him out as some kind of hero, which he was not, an athelete, which he was not, etc, etc.
While the ndp is the official oppostion, they only gained seats in Quebec, including some where the ndp candidate wasn't even campaigning, or even in the country.....Hardly an astounding victory.
He did not win any kind of true support for the ndp, just got a bunch of protest votes by process of elimination.

On top of that he preached socialism yet lived like a king. Hardly an example.

So, to sum it up, he was a slimy politician who lived the opposite of what he preached. Hardly worth tax dollars to make a movie full of lies to try to glorify him.
If I was rich I'd make a movie of the Real story, using only facts. I'll bet it'd be unrecognizeable from the cbc's version.

08-10-2012, 09:11 AM
Sorry, but I'm going to tell it like I see it. He was my enemy. He lied more than once to acheive his goal of very negatively effecting my life. He did nothing to earn my respect.

Lee Enfield
08-10-2012, 09:13 AM
Of course this will be typical CBC BS. The guy lived in subsidized housing when he and his wife made big bucks and that tells the tale he was a POS.

He would have been a nightmare for every freedom loving hard working Canadian but a hero to the lazy lefties.