Monteith deglamorized in last two films
Toronto Film Festival features 'Glee' star as ordinary store manager and drug-addled ex-con

DEPARTURE. Monteith on the set of 'McCanick.' Photo from the film's Facebook

MANILA, Philippines – This year’s Toronto International Film Festival will be another high-art affair.

But the September event will also be much anticipated for the late “Glee” star Cory Monteith’s last two films, reports BBC.

In one of them, the US crime drama “McCanick,” Monteith is a down and dirty, drug-addled ex-con.

Set in the underworld of Philadelphia, the Josh C. Waller film marks a departure from the actor-singer’s winsome persona in “Glee.”

It’s also a curious, rather honest role choice for the 31-year-old actor who died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol on July 13 at a Vancouver hotel.

In a way, “McCanick” and the Canadian film “All the Wrong Reasons,” directed by Gia Milani, mark something of a homecoming in Monteith’s native Canada.

“All the Wrong Reasons” also presents the “Glee” star in the starkly toned-down role of a store manager coping with his wife’s post-traumatic stress disorder.

But it’s his role in “McCanick” wherein he appears as a “long-haired, hoodie-wearing lout,” or so “The Independent” describes Monteith’s character, that is sure to draw curiosity and interest among fans. –

Here’s a clip of ‘McCanick’: