Pete’s Dragon Star Wes Bentley Suggests How to Bear Adult’s Hardness Easily


It is natural that everybody grows adult with the passage of time. When one grows adult he misses his earlier life and found life hard. Emotionally moving stories like Pete’s Dragon proves that adults can enjoy a child-like mind too. Pete’s star Wes Bentley is a firm advocate in this. The actor delivers idea on how adults can hold onto a kid-like spirit.

Wes Bentley (born September 4, 1978) is an American actor. Bentley is best known for his roles as Ricky Fitts in American Beauty (1999), Blackheart in Ghost Rider (2007), Thomas in P2 (2007), Seneca Crane in The Hunger Games (2012), and Doyle in Interstellar (2014). He was one of four subjects in the documentary My Big Break (2009), which covered his fame after American Beauty and struggles with substance abuse. Rebuilding his career, he starred in the premiere of Venus in Fur by David Ives in the off-Broadway production in 2010.

“Life’s hard,” says Bentley. And at just 37, he’s been through a lot of difficulties including a failed marriage and difficult struggle with drug addiction. As he reflects on why adults develop a toughened shell with time, he thinks about precise cases in his life of “getting smacked down,” which he believes caused this.

“For me, it was [at] 20 or 21, when your first challenge in life happens,” he explains. “Maybe you’re not making money, you’re struggling with money, and you realize life is a lot about money.” Ain’t that the damn truth. He continues, “Even if you have a career, it’s not good enough for some, you might not be progressing the right way.”

“In love, you might make the wrong choice and that person’s just mean and secretly hates you and wants to take those things away from you intentionally. That happens,” Bentley says. “That can happen to a lot of people at a much younger age.” Oh, the joy.

Bentley clarifies why he trusts people are sometimes forced to grow up at an even earlier age nowadays. “It must be even harder because of all the exposure kids get to the world early,” he says, specifically addressing the Internet. “Online, people get to be so much more mean than they would be just to your face. When I was a kid, it was only [that] or behind your back,” Bentley explains. I think most of us can relate. I can’t even imagine how kids these days outlive the cruelties of social media and cyber-bullying. Bentley agrees. “I’ve seen videos made about kids, reading about them. It’s awful,” he says.

The world can be more difficult but there’s hope that we can all hang onto our youngers. “It helps when we have movies like this, [it] reminds you that you can have invisible dragons in your life,” says Bentley. “Do creative things, even if you’re not a creative person per say or maybe not talented at it,” Bentley suggests. “I’m a terrible drawer or painter, but I continue to do it anyway. Do those color books. I have no palette, but I try it anyway.” Feeling like a carefree kid means acting like one, so own it.

“Using that side of your brain, there’s something peaceful about it and childlike about that, you need to do that,” he says. Even if it makes us sense meaningless, in Bentley’s words: “Do it anyway.” Why? “Just like reading keeps the mind sharp, expressing yourself keeps the soul free.”


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