For his last role, Cory Monteith channeled his troubled past to play a drug addict dealer in the upcoming film McCanick. And though Monteith "didn't say it was a cathartic experience ... you could sense it," McCanick's director Josh C. Waller recalled to The Los Angeles Times.
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Monteith, who was found dead Saturday at the age of 31, was open about his struggles with drug and alcohol abuse, and fought for the dark role, which marked a drastic shift away from his Glee character Finn Hudson. "In my mind, I was envisioning a teeny little drug guy [for the role], but Cory Monteith is this tall, strapping man," Waller said Sunday, only hours after Monteith's body was discovered. "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."
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Waller last saw the Glee star three weeks ago, not too long after Monteith finished a month-long rehab stay. Though Monteith didn't discuss rehab directly, he told Waller the past few months had been "kind of tough," but that things were "looking good now."
Monteith's autopsy was completed Monday, but the results will likely not be released until the beginning of next week.
Watch a clip of Monteith in McCanick below.