While we’re all still coming to grips with the fact that Cory Monteith has now left us, we can look forward to celebrating his life and work with a number of projects he completed that are due out over the next year. One of these is the film, All The Wrong Reasons, and yesterday (16 July), two new stills of Cory were released.
The film, directed by Gia Milani, is described as an “An ensemble film about four everyday people: a store manager, a security guard, a fire fighter and a clerk who struggle in the aftermath of trauma. Cory plays bespectacled store manager, James Ascher, whose wife (Karine Vanasse) is battling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The movie was filmed during Glee’s season 3-4 summer hiatus and is one of Cory’s last projects. Speaking to E!, the film’s producer, Tony Whalen, told of how excited Cory was to be working on the project, especially as it gave him a chance to “play somebody his age” and that James was not a “typical” Cory-role: “It’s a serious topic and it’s a bit darker of a character”.
Whalen also heaped praise on Cory’s acting and how he “totally delivered” for the project. He singled out one particular scene that just blew him away: “There is this one particular scene that was a bit of a heated discussion with his wife and it was just unbelievable how powerful it was. He really embraced that role and he completely knocked everybody’s socks off with his portrayal.”
In discussing Cory’s presence on the set and general outlook, Whalen repeats a lot of what fans have been saying since the news broke of his untimely death. He spoke of Cory as being an “inspiration to a lot of our actors… Everybody that he met, he inspired” and that the “always grinning and smiling” Cory “really bonded with everybody”.
And it wasn’t just those on set that he had an impact on, but also his fans that came to the set everyday in the hopes of catching a glimpse of their hero at work. Describing the scene, Whalen reflects that “there would be 30 to 40 people waiting at the end of the street where we were filming and he would always, at the end of the shoot, take the time to go and meet with them and talk to them. He never never begrudged that.”
Whalen has stated that All the Wrong Reasons will be dedicated to Monteith. The movie is set to do the rounds of the festival circuit this coming autumn.