How awesome that we get to see Wes’ reaction to being cast as Seneca Crane shortly after his casting was released!
On a similar Wes Bentley themed note, we also read a candid interview Wes gives to Movieline where he talks about his upcoming film “There Be Dragons” as well as his past struggle with addiction. I love that Wes is so sincere and open in this interview. I see great things for him as Seneca Crane !
Here’s an excerpt from his interview :
Rarely do actors reveal as much, as candidly, as Wes Bentley did in a recent conversation with Movieline. Speaking about his latest film, the Roland Joffé-directed Spanish Civil War drama There Be Dragons, Bentley offered a frank window into his life following the crippling, years-long addiction that waylaid what was once one of Hollywood’s most promising young careers.
Back in 1999, when Sam Mendes’ American Beauty won five Oscars and shot Bentley to stardom, he was on top of the world. But fame and career pressure weighed on the then-21-year-old and Bentley turned to drugs; by 2008 he’d hit rock bottom. (He pinpoints his last film completed in this state as being 2008’s The Tomb.)
Now a few years older and wiser — and most importantly, sober — Bentley is focusing on rebuilding his career. There Be Dragons, in limited release this week, is an interesting step in revitalizing his screen presence. As the stern, apathetic Manolo, Bentley plays a man born from privilege who falls in with the Fascist regime before seeking forgiveness from the woman he loves (Olga Kurylenko), the priest he grew up with (Charlie Cox, as Opus Dei founder and eventual Catholic saint Josemaría Escrivá), and, later in life, the son he kept at arms’ length (Dougray Scott).
Movieline spoke with Bentley about his struggle to overcome addiction, his ongoing efforts to rebuild his life and career, and the deeply personal revelations that came unexpectedly on set while literally looking into the mirror at his own image.
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