SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) – A film about former Syracuse Mayor Lee Alexander premiered Saturday night at the Palace Theater.
The movie, titled “King Lee,” serves as a comical rendition of Alexander’s corrupt time in office
“We didn't go into it thinking, 'oh, let's make a biography of this guy.' We just kind of wanted to capture his larger than life stature,” said director and co-writer Jonathan Case.
The actor playing the mayor said he likes to think of his character as portraying the way Lee Alexander seemed to think of himself, to the extreme. In the movie world, King is a kung fu master who taunts John Lennon and gets in locker room fights.
“So it's not necessarily truthful and my character comes out as like this, 'oh, I'm a 70’s action hero' kind of guy, but at the same time it's integrated with a lot of the real humanity of it,” said Nathan Faudree who plays Lee Alexander.
Nathan Faudree watched the film for the first time along with many others in the nearly packed Palace Theater, including current politicians, donors of the film, and plenty of people with their own memories, both good and bad, of Lee Alexander as mayor.
“I liked him, he was very personable. I think he did a lot for the city and I think he was a good man,” said Eileen Marshall.
“King Lee” will be screened at the Palace Theater in Syracuse on Thursday, May 9th at 7:30.
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