Watch: Cory Monteith Plays a Drug Addict in His Final Film, McCanick
It’s still hard to believe that Cory Monteith (Finn) is gone. Luckily, his acting performances will live on forever — including that of his final film, McCanick, which has yet to be released.
In the thriller, Cory plays Simon Weeks, a drug dealer who has recently been released after spending seven years behind bars. In a new clip from the film, Cory’s character is questioned in an alley by a cop played by David Morse about the whereabouts of another criminal.
As you would expect, Cory is amazing in the scene, and he completely disappears into the role. This character could hardly be more different from all-American Finn, and yet Cory still manages to make Simon vulnerable and sympathetic. The snippet makes us really want to see the movie and underscores that the sky was the limit as far as Cory’s acting career was concerned.
Cory appears to have lost a lot of weight for the film, and sure enough, McCanick director Josh Waller tells the L.A. Times that he was initially looking for “teeny little drug guy” for the role. However, Cory “wanted to [play the part] so badly,” Josh says.
“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,” the director adds. "He didn't say it was a cathartic experience, but you could sense it.”
This is one of two films Cory completed before his death that are still looking for distribution. The other is a Canadian dramedy called All the Wrong Reasons, in which Cory plays a store manager with an unstable marriage. We hope that both films can find distribution and help provide some closure to Cory’s much-too-short career.