“American Horror Story: Hotel” – John’s Flawed Dark Side

‘AHS: Hotel’ Star Wes Bentley on John’s Flawed Dark Side

Bentley tells THR he had nightmares after reading the first three scripts.

[Warning: This story contains spoilers from episode two of American Horror Story: Hotel.]

Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s American Horror Story: Hotel mostly takes place within the walls of the Hotel Cortez, an establishment whose horrors go far beyond the fact that it doesn’t have cell service or WiFi.

During Wednesday’s “Chutes and Ladders” episode, fashion mogul Will Drake (Cheyenne Jackson) continues to make himself at home in the inhospitable Hotel Cortez. And he’s bringing along some other members of the fashion world with him, including model Tristan Duffy (Finn Wittrock), whom the blood-thirsty Countess (Lady Gaga) is drawn to.
While all the hotel’s horrors are going down, poor detective John Lowe (Wes Bentley) just wants to find some answers. During Wednesday’s episode, he digs into the hotel’s past and learns all about James March (Evan Peters), Hotel Cotez’s original builder and owner in the 1930s. It comes to no surprise that the man key to this particular hotel’s origins was a very bad guy. As Lowe learns more about the hotel, he gets even more stuck trying to solve the ever-expanding puzzle of the Ten Commandments Killer, his son’s disappearance and the mysterious, violent happenings at Hotel Cortez.

Here, Bentley — who starred in Murphy’s ill-fated HBO pilot and had an arc on AHS: Freak Show before being promoted to a regular for Hotel — talks with The Hollywood Reporter about the latest episode and Lowe’s arc. On Hotel, Bentley plays a human who is a little more grounded than the blood drinkers and other monsters that surround him, but as Bentley notes, sometimes it’s the more relatable parts of the show that disturb more deeply than the fantastical horror elements.
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5×02 – “Chutes and Ladders” Promo

What Scares the “American Horror Story: Hotel” Cast?

When you’re working on American Horror Story, there’s a good chance you will be dealing with some pretty gruesome and frightening stuff, sometimes even your greatest fears. That’s what the American Horror Story: Hotel cast learned.

“[Ryan Murphy] seems to keep playing with them and putting them in the scripts,” Wes Bentley said of his fears, with a laugh, mind you. “I’m going to stop telling him what they are because they keep showing up.”

American Horror Story: Hotel is dealing with addiction this year. There’s also the whole haunted and horrific hotel element and somehow the Ten Commandments, quasi-vampires, a featureless being with a drill bit gold dildo and Matt Bomer‘s endless jawline all mixed in.

“I’m terrified of hotels,” Ryan Murphy told E! News. “I had an instance where somebody broke into my room once when I was in the bed. I feared for my life.”

What happened to Ryan Murphy and what’s got Wes Bentley so afraid? Hint: It’s not Matt Bomer’s jawline. Bentley, Kathy Bates and Denis O’Hare all reveal their fears in the video up top.

American Horror Story: Hotel airs Wednesdays, 10 p.m. on FX.


5×01 – “Checking In” Screen Captures

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“American Horror Story: Hotel” Premiere

Wes attended the premiere of FX’s American Horror Story: Hotel held at Regal Cinemas LA Live in Los Angeles, California (October 3).

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“American Horror Story: Hotel” – Detective John Lowe

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