“I’ve been a professional actor for 20 years now and Karl, Debbie and the judges of Dayton Municipal Court were full supporters of my work,” he said.
Dayton natives Bryant Louis Bentley and Martin Sheen at the opening of "The Public," at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Bentley said he returned to Sinclair Community College for acting and started appearing in community theater. His first show was “Godspell” at the Playhouse South Community Theater in Miamisburg.
“The Public” was filmed in Cincinnati and will be released in theaters April 5. The Neon Movie theater, 130 E. Fifth St. in Dayton will show the movie that day.
It stars Estevez, Alec Baldwin, Taylor Shilling, Gabrielle Union, Jeffrey Wright and Christian Slater.
Dayton native Bryant Louis Bentley (far right) and other actors from the cast of "The Public." Bentley plays "Cactus Ray" in the new film by Emilio Estevez. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO / BRYANT LOUIS BENTLEY
Bentley, who is now based in Columbus, said Estevez came up with the name of the character he plays in the film. “Cactus” was an old nickname given to his father, Dayton native Martin Sheen, when he wore his hair spiked as a young man, Bentley said.
The actor is currently in West Palm Beach, Fla. preparing for a role in the August Wilson play, “Fences.”
Bentley can be seen numerous times in the film’s trailer. “The film has a surprise ending,” he said. “It’s funny, it’s suspenseful! I think the audience will enjoy it.”