It’s a tale that’s all too familiar in Hollywood. When there’s a sudden death in the industry, the last project the person leaves the entertainment business with will be forever dissected and looked upon. Cory Monteith’s last project was a film called McCanick which is currently in post-production.
Although many people will look to the late Cory Monteith and remember his charming goofball spirit on Glee, his last role won’t reflect what he left at Fox. In McCanick, Monteith plays drug addict Simon Weeks, who is sent to prison, and upon his release is hunted by the cops who put him behind bars.
Writer and Director Josh C. Waller told LA Times about the project, and Cory’s role:
“When I met with him, he wanted to do it so badly. He was very vocal about his past, and said he wanted to tap into things from his youth that he hadn’t been able to use as an actor yet.”
Despite his struggles, Cory Monteith was very honest and open about his substance abuse problems so he could help others. Waller added about directing Monteith in this unique role: “He didn’t say it was a cathartic experience, but you could sense it.”
In addition Monteith had plans for the future, and that involved growing his career outside of the hit television show Glee. As Finn Hudson, Monteith played the lovable jock, who was an awkward dancer, and an okay singer, but with determination Finn, (as well as Monteith) was the most improved of his class.
Waller said of his transition from Glee to more adult-driven material:
“He was like, ‘I know I can’t be on that show [Glee] forever, so I’m starting to prep myself for when it’s not on anymore. With McCanick, he was starting that trajectory — like, ‘Let me nip this in the bud right now.'”
According to journalist Amy Kaufman of the LA Times, Waller told her that just after Monteith’s one-month stay in rehab, the actor had told the director that things had been “kind of tough” during the last few months.
McCanick does not currently have distribution. Waller hopes that the film is eventually seen.
“I want people to see the movie, because Cory deserves that. People would ultimately see that he had a lot more to offer artistically, and it’s a shame that this happened because now he can’t explore that.”
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