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David Morse talks about the movie 'McCanick' and working with Cory Montieth

McCanick” is a gritty crime drama that opened in theaters March 21, 2014. It stars the 6’4” blue-eyed David Morse as Eugene “Mack” McCanick, a narcotics detective with secrets. The camera zooms in on an ordinary day in this complicated man’s life. It happens to be Mack’s birthday, and he’s planned a dinner with his estranged son.

Eugene "Mack" McCanick (David Morse) and Simon Weeks (Cory Montieth)
Eugene "Mack" McCanick (David Morse) and Simon Weeks (Cory Montieth)
Bleiberg Entertainment

Everything changes when Mack finds out that Simon Weeks [Cory Monteith], a street hustler he put away years prior, just got out of prison. It is eerie to see Montieth play a drug addict. The movie is opening eight months after Monteith’s fatal overdose. Seeing his acting chops in this last role demonstrates a film career that could’ve been.

“McCanick” is directed by Josh C. Waller and the cast includes Ciarán Hinds as Mack’s boss and Mike Vogel as his partner but the movie belongs to Morse and Monteith.

Both Morse and Mack come across as guarded and manly. Morse spoke in the same raspy voice in real life during a March 20 interview with Examiner Dorri Olds.

How did it feel to play the lead?

I have had a few occasions that I’ve been able to do that before. You know, it is a role. They are all roles. What’s really good is being in on the whole process like I was this time. Right from the beginning we worked on this together to flesh out the character.

The script was written by Dan [Daniel Noah], who had one idea of what the story was. Then Josh [Waller] and I talked about what kind of character we wanted Cory Montieth to be; that originally was not in this and was added later. But we felt certain things weren’t answered in the script. We really talked about this man McCanick and how he got into this vulnerable place.

What was your relationship with Cory Montieth like? Did you get to know each other well?

Our characters were in very intense scenes together so, yes, we had to spend a lot of time together. Our characters had to show vulnerability.

Did he get to see the film before he overdosed?

We had wrapped shooting and he died six months after that.

Did he get to see any parts of the film?

He got to see most of it, but not the final cut. He saw it before all of the editing. He seemed pleased with the film when he saw it. We all were.

Were there any signs that he was depressed or on drugs during the making of the movie?

He was very open about being a drug addict, much the same as Philip Seymour Hoffman was. Cory and I talked about it a bit and we talked about him being sober at that time. So, no, there was nothing to indicate he was in any trouble at all.

Did you feel proud of your acting?

I was proud of everybody’s acting. There was a lot of good work in it. I don’t know if I can comment about my performance.

When you watched it did you think you did a solid acting job?

Yeah, I guess I did. I feel like we had a good story to work with.

Have you ever gotten nervous going to a new movie set?

Yeah, I suppose. I’m about to start a table read for a new CBS pilot and there will be lots of people there. Nervous might not be the right word


Uh… maybe it is the right word. [Laughs]

What’s the show about?

It’s called “The Wall Street project” as a working title right now.

Is it about the crash in 2008?

No, it takes place post the crash and people haven’t learned much since then. They are still up to their old tricks. It’s about money and power and greed.

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“McCanick” opened March 21, 2014 and is playing in New York City at Village East Cinema. It is available on VOD and iTunes. Crime drama. Rated R. 96 min.

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