I just saw this article about Wes Bentley and thought it was worth sharing. I can remember seeing Spacey on “Charlie Rose” when the American Beauty wave was cresting and I recall him saying something to the effect that what he and Annette Benning et al get out of this movie are awards, but what Wes Bentley gets is that he gets to work for the rest of his life.
It kind of stuck with me because it is a kind of peculiar thing to have said. There are a million teens who give a strong performance or two then fall away to obscurity (such obscurity that I can’t summon an example right now). Plus, Hollywood is so fickle that there is little rhyme or reason as to why one actor is a star while another can’t find work. Then there is the trick of actually finding projects that end up as good on celluloid as they seem on paper.
That’s without even mentioning what actually befell Mr. Bentley, which is probably one of a million land-mines that need to be side-stepped when one is young, rich and famous (I wouldn’t know. I’m none of those things now and have only been one of them ever (young)).
Hopefully Mr. Bentley is on the right path now because his performance in American Beauty (simultaneously cool and passionate) was one of those things that made you feel like your heart couldn’t take it and it was just going to cave in.