ERIC McCORMACK’S LATEST PROJECTS



FROM THE CANADIAN PRESS

It’ll be a reunion of sorts for ERIC McCORMACK when he returns north of the border to take the lead in the theatre staple GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS in Vancouver later this month.

The former WILL & GRACE star said he’ll be among friends when he stars in the classic DAVID MAMET tale about cut throat real estate agents at THE ARTS CLUB THEATRE.

“It’s been a long time gestating (and) the cast…we’re all old friends,” ERIC, who is LA based, said recently while attending the BANFF WORLD TELEVISION FESTIVAL.

“Bart Anderson and I went to theatre school together. Gerry Plunkett, his wife and I went to theatre school together. My friend Vince Gale, we did Dracula at The Arts Club 16 years ago. These guys have known each other a long time, we are ready to play these parts and I can’t wait to sink my teeth in it.”

It will also be a return to his first love, the stage.

The Toronto bred performer cut his teeth in musical theatre and described his high school self as akin to the fictional singing obsessed teens on the TV show GLEE.

Since then, he’s weathered ups and downs in his acting career, but revels in the fact that he’s been able to dabble in each of the diverse fields he once envisioned for himself as a starry eyed kid.

“My dreams were always scattered,” said ERIC, who will head to Toronto in the fall to accept a star on CANADA’S WALK OF FAME.

“I wanted to be Maxwell Smart and I wanted to be on the Stratford stage and I wanted it all. Eventually I wanted a sitcom and so to be able to keep playing in all those ballparks is pretty fun.”

ERIC McCORMACK shot to international fame with his WILL & GRACE role as tightly wound lawyer Will Truman. Four years after the show’s demise he openly laments not being able to follow up with another hit show on prime time TV.

Last year, the actor believed he’d scored a long running smash in the TNT series TRUST ME, a dramedy about advertising that costarred another Canadian, TOM CAVANAGH. Unfortunately, it was cancelled after 13 episodes.

“I was so proud of everything about that show and yet it just didn’t take off,” ERIC commented.

“It didn’t have much of a platform and when it went down, after only 13 (episodes) I was so sad. I really was, because it was exactly where I wanted to be. Having played a big network show I was quite content to be on the cable show with two million people watching because I loved the actual show itself.”

In addition to his upcoming stage role, ERIC is working on a range of other projects.

There’s the outrageous FUNNY OR DIE skit making the rounds on line, in which he plays a sex ed teacher out to warn high school teens.

He just completed filming a supporting role in the Canadian feature TEXTUALITY, which also features 24’s CARLY POPE.

And then there’s his foray into feature film production with a screenplay he’s cowritten based on the Linwood Barclay book NO TIME FOR GOODBYE. He would appear in the film as well as produce, provided he can find the right female actor and drum up public funding help from Telefilm.

“It’s a great thriller. And with the right actress I think it could be a great little independent.”

ERIC feels strongly that a more mature Canadian film and TV landscape is making it easier for him and other expat stars to work in their homeland after finding success elsewhere.

“There’s just more to come back to,” he said, adding that he developed a show for the CBC a year and a half ago that the network abandoned.

“(Before), if you wanted anything beyond the Canadian players, you simply had to go south. And now a lot of people go south because they’ve had success here, that’s the difference.”

“It’s a big difference.”

ERIC McCORMACK stars in GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS at THE ARTS CLUB THEATRE – from JULY 22 to AUGUST 22 in Vancouver.

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