Joel McHale: Cory Monteith ‘Was Always Wonderful’ to ‘Community’ Cast

Jul 17, 2013 6:00am
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Hollywood continues to mourn the loss of “Glee” star Cory Monteith after his death in Vancouver this past weekend, and “The Soup” host Joel McHale is no exception.

“It was very shocking,” said McHale, 41. “He was an incredibly nice, good guy, and I know the people at ‘Glee’ loved him.”

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McHale, who is now promoting the Klondike Celebrity Challenge, also stars in the NBC sitcom “Community,” which films near the “Glee” lot. As a result, McHale became friendly with Monteith.

“He was one of those guys on set that made it light and fun,” he said. “He would come into ‘Community’ and was always wonderful to us. Just a great guy.”

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McHale also discussed his newest project, a film called “Beware the Night,” which he’s currently shooting with Eric Bana and Olivia Munn. McHale and Bana play New York City police officers.

“We beat up people,” he said. “[My character] prefers knives to guns, so he’s kind of insane. It’s a dark, crazy movie.”

He’s also had to bulk up for the role, sticking to a “clean” diet that omits dairy and carbs, and working out regularly.

“I think I’ve missed just one day at the gym in the past month. Plus, I’m doing tons of fight training, so I’m in really good shape,” he said. “I’ve been hitting the weights hard.”

While his sons, Eddie, 8, and Isaac, 5, have undoubtedly noticed a change in their dad’s physical appearance, McHale said they won’t fully understand why for awhile.

“This is not going to be for the faint of heart,” he said. “I might show [Eddie] a couple scenes, but there’s no way he’s going to see this movie.”

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