Actor Wes Bentley “risked everything” during his eight-year drug hell, and even missed his brother’s wedding because he was “so messed up”.
The actor shot to fame at the age of 20 after the 1999 release of the multi Oscar-winning American Beauty, but Bentley struggled to deal with the spotlight and fell into a downward spiral of drink and drugs, including ecstasy, cocaine and heroin.
He turned his back on his career as his substance abuse worsened – and Bentley began shunning his family to hang around with homeless men as he hunted for drugs.
Bentley tells Details magazine, “I was risking everything to get drugs. I was driving around with homeless guys and people just out of prison, then I’d hit the streets and smoke all day. I’d already nodded off on set a couple times, and now I was being asked to leave auditions mid-reading because it was just so sad for them.
“I missed my brother’s wedding because I was so messed up… The shakes, hearing voices, paranoia – those were daily occurrences for me. I was nearly dead, and I didn’t care.”
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