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Jeremy Irons On Rob Ford, Acting And Empathy

Actor Jeremy Irons sat down with George to talk about his career in film and a new David Cronenberg retrospective at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. But before they got into that conversation, Jeremy wanted to talk about Rob Ford, Toronto's mayor. For an overview of the controversy surrounding Ford at the moment, visit CBC News.

Jeremy's in town to participate in the David Cronenberg: Evolution exhibit at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Here's what he had to say about the mayor: 

Jeremy Irons: What about the mayor? Nevermind Cronenberg. Where is the mayor? 

George Stroumboulopoulos: He came out and said…

JI: He came out of his office?

GS: Yes he did.

JI: I thought he was in the toilet. I thought he was probably hiding in the toilet.

GS: He came out of the office and said, listen, I can’t talk about it.

JI: Of course. Of course. Because it has to be dealt with. Poor guy. Poor guy. Anyway he has to sort it out. Fortunately David Cronenberg doesn’t have any of those problems. Although the character I played in Dead Ringers had many similar problems to the mayor. They were gynecologists, not mayors.

GS: Do you feel like you can relate to the mayor because of those characters?

JI: I do, I do. I mean, the great thing about being an actor is that you play all these strange characters and it allows you to relate to almost anybody. I’ve played over 60 different people and seen life through their eyes. So when I see something like your mayor, I think, yeah, it’s a tough call, but you’ve got to deal with it.