It’s no secret where Wes Bentley disappeared to after his success at age 21 in “American Beauty.” The actor struggled with an addiction to drugs like heroin that caused him to miss out on a big chunk of his film career and led to the end of his relationship with his then-wife Jennifer Quanz.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bentley opens up about his drug addiction that led him to pass on work with directors like Christopher Nolan, Tim Burton, Tony Scott and Ang Lee. Fortunately those opportunities aren’t gone for good, as Bentley recently landed a role in Nolan’s upcoming “Interstellar.”
“I put up such a wall that I didn’t even go and meet with these great directors whom I respected and admired so much,” Bentley says of the decade he lost to drug addiction.
“The Hunger Games” actor cleaned up his act in 2009 and got sober. “I’ve been given this second chance, and I’m going to do everything I can with it,” he says. “And with Chris Nolan giving me an opportunity, I’m working with people that I can really learn from.”
He adds of what he’d like to do going forward, “I would definitely love to do a straight-up comedy, like a Judd Apatow movie [or] the whole Seth Rogen group. I love the Coen brothers’ sense of humor. … For so many years, I took everything so seriously. Life could have been a lot more fun.”
Fortunately Bentley has another exciting project on the horizon: he landed the lead role in Ryan Murphy’s “Open.”