While we may be addicted to the heroine Katniss, it's sad to think that Hunger Games star Wes Bentley was addicted to another less awesome, more dangerous form of heroin.
Wes recently opened up about his now beaten addiction to heroin, saying that he started using the drug to fight off expectations, after critics hailed him as the next Christian Bale following his breakout performance in American Beauty.
The addiction not only caused him to take long breaks from acting, but also made him shy away from opportunities to meet and work with great directors, such as Tim Burton, Ang Lee, Tony Scott, and Christopher Nolan. What a great crew! Who isn't an Ang-Lee-phile?
On the subject, Wes had this to say on these missed opportunities:
"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."
Well, after four years of remaining sober and going to weekly meetings, things have really turned around for Wes.
On top of playing the iconic Game Maker in The Hunger Games, he recently got cast in the lead role in Ryan Murphy's HBO pilot Open, and, coming full circle, a hefty supporting role in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Go get it, Wes! We know you're gonna look epic
incepting acting to a Hans Zimmer score.
This just goes to prove what great things come to those who commit to sobriety. Lindsay, we hope you're taking notes, gurl!
[Image via FayesVision/WENN.]
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