How The Glee Cast Is Remembering Cory Monteith (x)
Cory Monteith in ‘All The Wrong Reasons’
In five years, Cory Monteith became the star of a hit TV show, made Finn Hudson the heart of Glee, learned to sing, became a rockstar, sold out huge venues, was a drummer, was a Simpsons character, made four movies, narrated a documentary, hosted two award shows, hosted the GLAAD awards, was an Archie character, traveled the world, fell in love, proactively supported various charities, and inspired thousands of his fans to give back and do good. Five years. Now that was a life worth living.
McCanick with Cory Monteith Official trailer for TIFF
"There are two things you’ve got to remember about Cory. One is he’s a really funny guy with a great sense of humor. And he loved life and he always took care of his friends and he wanted his friends to be happy so it’s only right that we try and smile again, try to laugh again. It’s something that he would have wanted." - Darren Criss
So thankful that I and so many of you got to experience Cory’s overwhelming kindness, humor and talent. There will not be a day that goes by that I won’t miss him. Thank you all for your incredible support and patience.
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How would you like for Cory to be remembered?
It’s very difficult and emotional for me to talk about that. I just feel like the thing about Cory is that…Cory really was in many ways like that character. Cory was in the first scene of Glee that we shot that I directed in the pilot, he was the first person on camera and it was a very nerve-wracking time, and no one knew what would happen with the show because a musical had never worked. I was particularly unsure about it and I remember after the first take, he finished his thing and came up to me and leaned down to me and said, ‘This is going to be fun.’ And I think that’s the way he was on the show, on the set; he was a real leader. He was very beloved by the crew. I think Cory was very much like Finn [in] that Cory really was a champion of young artists and the underdog. I hope that that’s how he’s remembered and I think he will be because that’s how he was in real life with his causes and his outreach programs. Also I think a lot of people, a lot of young kids, have watched that evolution of that character and have been touched by it and hopefully that’s his legacy.