Wes Bentley credits Robert Downey Jr.’s candor about his drug addiction with helping the Yellowstone actor get clean and sober himself.
Wes, 44, who plays villain Jamie Dutton in the popular neo-western, spoke to Page Six about his efforts to kick his life-threatening addiction at the Season 5 premiere of Yellowstone in New York on Thursday.
“I was in the depths of my addiction and in the worst place and at death’s door, I guess, or at risk, and I saw him being so bold and brave and open and that saved me,” he explained.
Clean and sober: Wes Bentley credits Robert Downey, Jr’s candidness about his drug addiction for helping the Yellowstone actor get clean and sober himself, according to Page Six
Robert, 57, has been arrested several times for drug trafficking and sentenced to prison while battling his addiction.
During a court appearance in 1999, the Iron Man actor described his illness to a judge, saying, “It’s like having a shotgun in my mouth, and I have the finger on the trigger, and I like the taste of metal. .’
The Marvel hero has been clean since 2003 and Wes, who has been sober since 2009, said he wanted to follow Robert’s lead. “So I thought if I do that too, maybe I can pass it on to someone else.”
Villain: Wes, 44, plays villain Jamie Dutton in Yellowstone
Robert, 57, served time behind bars after being arrested for drug trafficking. He once described his addiction to a judge, “It’s like I have a shotgun in my mouth, and I have my finger on the trigger, and I like the taste of gun metal” (Photo in Malibu in July 1996)
Wes started using after starring in the Oscar-winning film American Beauty.
“I had never had money before,” he explained, “so there were a lot of combinations of things I wasn’t prepared for.”
“As an actor, I also knew that I wasn’t going to be really ready to do good roles until I was in my 30s and 40s. So I didn’t really want it to happen like that too soon. I tried to go and stay with it, but I wasn’t ready.
Money and fame: Wes said he started using after starring in Oscar-winning American Beauty, explaining, “I’ve never had money before, so there were a lot of combinations of things. which I was not prepared”; seen with Thora Birch and Mena Suvari on the set of American Beauty
The Hunger Games star confessed in a 2010 New York Times article that he would spend hours looking for drugs, using the money he earned from sporadic roles between 2002 and 2009 to feed his habit.
A 2008 arrest and guilty plea to heroin possession led to a court-mandated 12-step program, but the actor quickly relapsed.
It wasn’t until 2009 that it hit rock bottom.
Bottom: The Hunger Games actor said he hit rock bottom in 2009 and finally admitted he was a drug addict and needed help. Wes entered rehab and began attending 12-step meetings, a practice he continues today; seen on Thursday in NYC
“I had come back to LA for something, and I drank a whole bottle of scotch, and I was like, ‘I’m going to die in this hotel room with this bottle of scotch,'” he said. confessed.
Later, he told a friend, “I’m a drug and alcohol addict, and I need help.” I need help or I’m going to die,” and soon entered rehab and began attending 12-step meetings, a practice he continues today.
‘The 12-step meetings have helped me a lot. I already believed in God, so that kind of help – the higher power.
Sobriety: Robert Downey, Jr has been clean since 2003 (pictured November 4, 2022 in Los Angeles)