Exclusive: See Damian Lewis' transformation into ex-Toronto mayor Rob Ford

Damian Lewis' transformation into late Toronto mayor Rob Ford is complete. 

Following news that the Homeland and Billions actor has been cast as the politician in a film called Run This Town shooting in Toronto, etalk has obtained the exclusive first photos of the actor in full costume.

The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor was spotted arriving to his trailer at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, looking like his normal self. By midnight, when he was spotted during a break, his Ford face was still in progress as he donned a Ford Nation t-shirt. 

Photographs taken at 2:30 a.m. show Lewis still donning that Ford Nation t-shirt, emerging once again at 3:30 a.m. in full costume -- grey suit, blue dress shirt, striped tie and all. That means the entire process of becoming Ford took seven hours.

Earlier this month it was revealed Lewis would play the controversy-plagued former mayor in a political drama shooting in the city. Ben Platt plays a young journalist in the film, while Nina Dobrev and Mena Massoud reportedly play political aides. Scott Speedman is also attached to the project in a yet-to-be-revealed role. Filming took place after hours at Toronto city hall over the weekend. 

After casting news broke, journalist Robyn Doolittle, whose Toronto Star investigative reporting exposed Ford's drug use among other scandals, took issue with the reporter in the film being played by a man.

In response, the film's writer-director Ricky Tollman told press Ford is actually a minor character in the film, and all other characters are fictitious. 

"This isn't the Rob Ford story, this is a story about people that I know and people I grew up with and a generation of people," he told the Canadian Press.

He added that while the Ford character is only in "a few key scenes and a few key moments" he was excited to have Lewis on board. 

"I thought that this is a guy that can play the moments of darkness and depth but can also play the lighter moments. Rob was a guy that was elected because people wanted to grab a beer with the guy, you know?"