As friends, family and fans come to terms with the sudden and tragic death of Cory Monteith, news and clips of the 31 year old actor’s final role in McCanick are being released.
Directed by Josh C. Waller, Monteith plays a drug addict named Simon Weeks. It’s a role and story that we all know was all too familiar to Cory, having dealt with addiction from an early age and sadly having it cost him his life this past weekend (the toxicology reports says Cory died from ‘a mixture of toxicity, including alcohol and heroin’).
In a recent interview with Dose, Waller discussed his concerns about having Cory play. “In my mind, I was envisioning a teeny little drug guy [for the role], but Cory Monteith is this tall, strapping man,” said Waller. “But 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. He didn’t say it was a cathartic experience, but you could sense it.”
He also goes on to share how proud Cory was of the finished product: “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.'”
With the dark shadow that will follow it’s release, there’s no doubt that this is one film that will be difficult to watch for many. But if there’s one thing this clip proves it’s that Cory was an amazing talent who will be greatly missed.