is an interesting (and dreamy) guy. Breaking out of nowhere as Ricky, the stoner-cum-video-artist next door in “American Beauty
”, Bentley was suddenly a big part of an absolutely huge movie. The resultant pressure led to a 10-year addiction to heroin, a consequently cratering career and a series of rock bottoms, chronicled in Tony Zierra
's utterly fascinating documentary “My Big Break
.” Bentley has been crawling out of hell for a while now, via various dreadful staging posts (“Ghost Rider
," “Jonah Hex
”), and last year finally caught a break as Gamesmaker Seneca Crane in “The Hunger Games
," twirling his goatee in Machiavellian style.
2013 will likely be an even better year for Bentley, with a part in the much-hyped “Lovelace
” and another in Terrence Malick
's “Knight of Cups
” (though who knows if he'll end up in the final cut, or if the movie is coming this year, Malick being
Malick): but before those two comes “The Time Being
," from first-time
director Nenad Cicin-Sain
, and also starring everyone's favourite weird grandpa, Frank Langella
, as a recluse who hires Bentley's character, a painter by trade, to start filming things for him. Strange things. Cue creepiness, angst, and meditations on the meaning of art. A movie about a guy who gets paid to make movies when he wants to be a guy who gets paid to make art? We don't know much about Nened Cicin-Sain, but we think he probably went to film school.
“The Time Being
” is released on VOD July 23, and theatrically on July 26
. Check out the trailer below along with a clip from the film.