The Glee actor played a drug addict in his final role
Cory Monteith final two roles, in the movies McCanick and All the Wrong Reasons, will screen at next month’s Toronto Film Festival.
The 31-year-old finished work on both shortly before he died on 13 July from a heroin and alcohol overdose.
The drama McCanick sees Cory play a former drug addict who is released from jail after serving time for murder.
It’s a far cry from his clean-cut role as Finn Hudson on Glee, and considering the circumstances surrounding his death, there will be increased interest in seeing the troubled star play a drug addict.
The movie's director Josh Waller said Cory didn’t shy away from the role and relished the chance to draw on his background as an addict. “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 looked at it as an artistic experience but also something of a cathartic experience.”
Cory’s most recent stint in rehab was in April, but his substance abuse spanned nearly two decades – he was drinking and taking drugs from the age of 12 and had entered a clinic when he was 19. Since then, he’d struggled to stay clean.
McCanick was his first serious film role and Cory’s performance was tipped to propel him out of the shadow of his Glee character and into the A-list as a serious actor.
His second film to debut in Toronto is the drama All the Wrong Reasons, which was another conscious departure from Glee. The actor plays a department store manager whose wife is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
The film’s director Gia Milani spoke shortly after Cory’s death and said the actor enjoyed playing another complex role. “He said he loved how layered it was and he thought it was intense,” she said.
“I think he wanted to prove to himself he could do more. And he did prove it.”
The cast of Glee paid tribute to the deceased star at the recent Teen Choice Awards. Lea Michele, his girlfriend both on and off the screen, said: “I promise that with your love we're gonna get through this together.”