Wes Bentley's "Hunger Games" comeback

Writer: Peter Chai

Wes Bentley plays Seneca Crane in Gary Ross's "The Hunger Games".

24 Mar – After battling drug and alcohol addiction for a decade, "American Beauty" actor Wes Bentley's career has finally received the revival boost it needed through Gary Ross's "The Hunger Games", according to Reuters.

In "The Hunger Games" the Arkansas-born actor played the role of Seneca Crane, the Head Gamemaker and the man behind the violent survival contest who is also engaged in a battle for power with the oppressive ruler of dystopian America.

34-year-old Bentley first gained attention for his breakout performance in the 1999 Oscar-winning film "American Beauty", where he played a voyeuristic-introvert in the drama alongside Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey, Thora Birch and Mena Suvari.

However, the overnight fame had placed great pressure on the star as well and as a result; he turned to drugs and alcohol in order to deal and unfortunately became addicted to them.

After rejecting coveted roles which included that of Peter Parker in Sam Raimi's "Spider Man" due to fear of unwanted pressure, Bentley admits that he truly regretted the decision, and wanted to turn over a new leaf.

He finally overcame his addictions in 2009 and is now happily married again.

For Bentley, "The Hunger Games" spells a new chapter in his career, with upcoming roles in "Lovelace" and "Hirokin," his newfound status as a father makes him want to do better for his one-year-old son Charles.

"I think more importantly than him seeing me on the big screen right now is that later, when he's taking a look back, he knows that for the most part of his dad's life, he made choices that were of quality and effect," said Bentley.

"The Hunger Games" is showing in Singapore now!

Cinema Online, 24 March 2012