CORY MONTEITH plays a drug addict in the last movie that he filmed before his death over the weekend, Hollywood news has learned.
The final movie role of Cory Monteith, one of our favorite “Glee” stars who accidentally died last Saturday in a Vancouver hotel room due to a toxic mixture of alcohol and heroin, reflects his longtime struggle with substance abuse.
In real life, the actor has voluntarily checked himself into rehab a few times to control his addiction. But in his upcoming movie, “McCanick” (which is currently in post-production), Monteith plays an addict who gets sent to prison on murder charges and is hunted down by two detectives (David Morse and Mike Vogel) after being released on parole.
The film’s director, Josh C. Waller, dishes to the Los Angeles Times about Monteith‘s controversial role:
“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. He didn’t say it was a cathartic experience, but you could sense it.”
Waller then reveals that they met just three weeks ago to watch a finished cut of the film project, which Cory had a pretty good reaction to. The director says:
“He sent me an email later that evening after the screening saying he was so thankful and had a lot of pride in the role. He was nervous and scared – but it was that good fear. He said something along the lines of – ‘I can’t wait to find out the release date so that I can tell the world about it.'”
It’s unclear when the movie will be released, but it looks like it won’t be anytime soon, in light of the recent tragedy. Waller explains:
“It’s tricky, because you know there’s a group of people that want to see the movie because it’s his last film – but by no means does anybody want to exploit the tragedy. 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.”
We can’t help but agree with that.
Will you be watching “McCanick” when it comes out?
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