American actor Wes Bentley is candid about the dark phase of his life when he was addicted to drugs and lost almost everything because of it. Read on to learn more about what the 44-year-old Yellowstone star revealed about hitting rock bottom.
Wes Bentley talks about drug abuse and losing almost everything in life
Bentley, who rose to fame after starring in the award-winning 1999 film American Beauty, spoke to Men’s Health about his past and what he’s been through. At the time, he realized he loved psychedelics, also known as mushrooms and ketamine, but he didn’t stop there. “Eventually I ended up on the cocaine and heroin route. Hard drugs. Partying hard. You’re in clubs and you’re at after parties, and there’s cocaine, and eventually it became heroin,” Bentley revealed.
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He explained: “I wanted to be the most impressive drug addict ever. That’s sad. That period was incredibly dark. I did some really dangerous things. the man who went the furthest.’ Bentley calls this phase of his life “the fire” because it did him a lot of damage and it was a very difficult phase in his life.
“I called it ‘the fire’ because I lost everything in the fire. I had no car, I had no clothes, I had no money — I was $400,000 in debt,” he shared. The drug addiction got so bad that Bentley started damaging his reputation, started getting bad at auditions, and even showing up to get high. The actor then talked about meeting his wife, Jacqui Swedberg. “I met a girl, and this girl was amazing and funny and just had the weirdest sense of humor and made me laugh and made me want to live again — like live life, not deal drugs,” he said.
Swedberg was working in film production in Saskatchewan at the time and she helped him get sober. The two got married in 2010, a few years after they first met. The couple now have two children, a twelve-year-old and an eight-year-old. Bentley was ashamed of his drug abuse and the behavior he resorted to under its influence, but he found a way around it. “The way I attacked it was by being positive — I’m just going to talk to everyone about it and try to help others and heal that shame by doing something,” he said.
Wes Bentley on the work front
Since 2018, Bentley has played James Michael Dutton, aka Jamie Dutton, in Paramount’s neo-western drama television series Yellowstone. He is also known for starring in the popular horror anthology television series American horror story. Bentley also recently voiced the CGI anime television series Blade Runner: Black Lotus.
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