Wes Bentley - Wes Bentley Skipped Brother's Wedding During Drug Battle

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."
Bentley, who recently joined the cast of the highly-anticipated movie adaptation of The Hunger Games, credits his producer wife Jacqui Swedberg with turning his life around after they met in the late 2000s.
He adds, "When I met my wife (I wanted to get clean). I saw then what I have now. I saw life. It still took me a while to get sober after that, but the switch had happened. We were long-distance for a while, and I'd try to be sober for her, but I ended up withdrawing with her - and I hated that. That's when I told her everything. She wasn't mad. She wanted to help."


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