The Toronto mayor shared his words of wisdom during a promotional stop for the movie The Campaign
Given Toronto Mayor Rob Ford recent track record, it may seem strange to hear him delving out political wisdom, but that's what he was giving two of Hollywood's funniest men in Toronto Monday.
He met with funnymen Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis at the Hockey Hall of Fame. They are in town to promote their new movie The Campaign and showed up at the Front Street building driving a Zamboni.
Ford quickly put "Rob Ford for Mayor" buttons on the actors and when asked if he had advice for running a campaign, he spoke about his personal approach.
"Gotta give magnets everywhere you go...Gotta knock on doors. Don't stop meeting people, shaking hands," Ford said. "Just keep going hard...And return people's phone calls. Customer service is number one."
He also suggested not speaking with the Toronto Star.
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The movie is about two powerful CEOs trying to gain control of a crucial North Carolina district. When the CEOs see blundering incumbent congressman Cam Brady (Ferrell) commit a public gaffe, they handpick tourism-center director Marty Huggins (Galifianakis) to run against Brady.
The mayor may be giving advice to these fictional politicians, but he is far from gaffe-free. He has been caught driving while talking on his phone, has flipped the bird to fellow residents, had a tussle with a streetcar driver and just last week took heat for a photo of him with his arm around a white supremacist at City Hall. Last week, a T-shirt featuring a Ford caricature sold for $7,100 on eBay.
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The mayor has said he does plan to run again.
The comedians are in Toronto as part of an 11-stop promotional tour for the movie, which also includes a red carpet premiere Monday night.
While Ferrell wore a Los Angeles Kings jersey, he assured Leaf fans their players would hoist the cup one day.