Are we looking at a rash of new lows from an old high?

The prevalence of Hollywood heroin usage has been brought to the forefront recently by the untimely passing of Glee star Cory Monteith from a deadly combination of heroin and alcohol. Now, another Hollywood star is opening up about the heroin addiction that stalled his career, before he managed to get clean and back to work.

The Hunger Games star Wes Bentley tells The Hollywood Reporter that his heroin addiction “happened in a matter of days,”; and cost him major career opportunities.

The actor’s breakthrough role came with 1999’s American Beauty, where Bentley says he began using drugs to deal with the elevated expectations and pressure of success.

Bentley tells The Hollywood Reporter, “I put up such a wall that I didn’t even go and meet with these great directors whom I respected and admired so much,” turning down such notable directors Ang LeeTim BurtonChristopher Nolan, and others.

Bentley also feels that the movies he did make during the time period were unfulfilling. He says, “I wasn’t bringing my A game to any of them. I don’t know if I was bringing my B game. I just kind of didn’t care and [was] coasting.”

Bentley began a downward spiral as he took long breaks between work, racked up IRS debt, and was ultimately arrested for heroin possession in 2008. Thanks to a program of detox and group meetings, he has now been clean for four years.

Due to his new found sobriety, Bentley starred as Seneca Crane in The Hunger Games and has now been cast in a number of upcoming projects.

“I’ve been given this second chance, and I’m going to do everything I can with it,” he says. “And with Chris Nolan giving me an opportunity [in the upcoming Interstellar], I’m working with people that I can really learn from.”

Bentley wants his fans to know that he is not all serious all the time. He has a lighter side.

“For so many years, I took everything so seriously,” says Bentley. “Life could have been a lot more fun.”