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Hunger Games star says he's been given 'second chance' at film career after period of spiralling substance abuse

Hunger Games actor Wes Bentley has revealed he spent years out of the spotlight through heroin addiction after finding himself overwhelmed by the expectations following his early success in the Oscar-winning American Beauty.

Bentley, who was 20 when he filmed his role as a troubled teenager in Sam Mendes's tragic tale of suburban tristesse, subsequently found himself presenting at the Oscars while being hailed as a young Christian Bale. It was all too much, too soon, he has told the Hollywood Reporter in a new interview, and he turned down opportunities to work with directors such as Christopher Nolan, Tim Burton, Ang Lee and Tony Scott as his life spiralled out of control through substance abuse.

"I put up such a wall that I didn't even go and meet with these great directors, »

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