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Ryan Murphy Talks About "Stunning" Cory Tribute

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10/04/2013 12:26 pm
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Gleeks, the time has come. We’ve made it through the Gleatlemania, and now it’s time to say farewell to our favorite quarterback, Finn Hudson. I don’t know about any of you, but simply watching the preview for next week’s show had me ugly-crying. I honestly don’t know how I will survive an entire tribute episode. And if Ryan Murphy’s newest comments are any indication, I may not. While chatting with reporters at a screening event for American Horror Story: Coven, Murphy spilled some details about 5x3. Murphy said that working on the episode was “difficult.” I imagine this to be a bit of an understatement. "I locked [the episode] today. It was incredibly difficult to work on. It was very difficult to shoot," Murphy explained. "I mean, the interesting thing about that show is that those actors and the creators really, really loved Cory. The episode is called 'The Quarterback,' and you know Cory really was that, to that group of people and to me particularly. There was nobody on that crew that did not like Cory." Murphy continued, saying, "I've never seen a crew that you can't continue shooting because they've left the room sobbing. It was very hard..."It was rough. It was very rough. It was very rough with Lea Michele ... but I'm very proud of it. I think the performances are quite stunning. People still are not over it. It's still very, very difficult." Not only will this be the episode that Cory is written out, it will also reunite some original cast members, and actors that have been demoted to guest starts such as Amber Riley, Jayma Mays, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Dot-Marie Jones, Romy Rosemont, and, fan-favorite Mike O’Malley. Apparently, there was a lot of interest from actors who had smaller parts on the show that wanted to be involved, as well.   "What I loved about it is, you know when you write something like that, there's no right way to do it, so we wrote it and we put people who were under contract to the show in it," he explained, "and a lot of the actors contacted me and said, 'I just love him so much, can I please be a part of it?' So we put those people in.

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, for example, who plays the principal and is now the janitor, was not written into that episode, but personally called up Brad and I and said, 'For him, I want to be in it.’” Murphy also touched on Cory’s struggle to manage the considerable fame that was an inevitable consequence of being on Glee. "It's hard to do a young people's show. That group of kids particularly went through the limelight and became world famous at a very difficult age, and many of them really struggled with it. And Cory, obviously, very much struggled with it, but never on the surface, and I think that's why everybody loved him. He was the most kind, the most generous, never a bad word for anybody." Murphy promised that 5x3 will not be a tribute just to Finn Hudson, but a testament to how everyone felt about the actor behind the jersey. He stated that fans will know how his peers “felt about not just Finn, but Cory, so I think it's amazing performances across the board, and everybody went into it with a lot of love." We will say our final goodbyes to Cory Monteith, and Finn Hudson, next Thursday, October 10 at 9 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. I recommend watching with friends so that you have a shoulder to cry on. [youtube=]


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