Cory Monteith played a drug addict in the last film he made before his tragic death.
The Glee star was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver at the weekend and police said they were not treating the death as suspicious. The 31-year-old actor had previously spoken of his battle with drink and drugs and voluntarily entered rehab for substance abuse problems in April.
Cory's last film before his death was gritty crime drama McCanick, in which he played a young street hustler.
Director Josh Waller revealed to ET Canada in an interview shortly before Cory died: "He said he wanted the role so badly because he had a very jaded past and he'd never been able to tap into that as an actor and kind of purge his system. The character was the perfect vessel for him to get it all out."
The filmmaker described Cory's role as a "lost soul of sorts on the streets of Philadelphia".
He revealed: "Our entire budget for the film was maybe like 10 minutes worth of one episode of Glee. He knew that going into it, that it was going to be very 'run and gun', he was very team oriented, never any ego... he was driven towards doing something special with the character."
Josh saw Cory just a few weeks before his death at a screening for the film.
He revealed: "Cory had expressed that he was kind of going through a rough time, but that he was feeling better about it, and then when I saw him at the screening he wrote me a really sweet email."
Josh said of the Glee star's death: "It's horrible, but I haven't really processed it yet...
"I think he proved a little bit as a role model, for a lot of people who experienced tough things in their youth. Everyone trips and falls, even when you're at the top."