Hunger Games Star's Heroin History

By McCarton Ackerman 03/30/12

Actor Wes Bentley reveals he overcame drugs and homelessness to get back on the silver screen.

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For a time, Hunger Games star Wes Bentley experienced hunger for real. The actor—who also appeared in American Beauty back in 1999—has revealed to Star Magazine that he overcame drug addiction, homelessness and severe debt on his journey back onto Hollywood's A-list. Most of his troubles stemmed from his addiction; an arrest on heroin charges led to a stint of homelessness after he lost his Hollywood home in 2009, which was when he hit rock bottom. “I told a friend for the first time, ‘I’m a drug addict and I need help," said Bentley. "I need help or I'm going to die. Back then I was stuck...I'm back in the sunlight." Star Magazine also learned through court documents from his 2010 divorce with Jennifer Quartz that the couple racked up $221,000 in credit card debt during their nine years of marriage. But now that The Hunger Games has debuted with a record breaking $152.5 million in sales this past weekend—and Bentley has roles in five films in post-production—it's likely that money won't be an issue for him anytime soon.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.