Wentworth Miller Says He's Done With 'Prison Break' And Playing Straight Men

It looks like “Prison Break” is moving on without one of its breakout stars. In a lengthy note posted to Instagram on Sunday, actor Wentworth Miller announced that he’s no longer involved with the Fox drama series, and won’t appear in a sixth season if it materializes. “I just don’t want to play straight characters,” wrote Miller, who came out as gay in 2013. “Their stories have been told (and told).” The 48-year-old went on to apologize for disappointing his fans, but true to form, offered some cheeky closure. “If you’re hot and bothered because] you fell in love with a fictional straight man played by a real gay oneThat’s your work,” he quipped. View this post on Instagram \This is my favorite IG account,\” someone wrote in response to a recent post. Thank you. I want you to know I saw that. I see the positive comments and DMs (a lot of them anyway). Affectionate. Supportive. Appreciated (by me). Obviously there are comments and DMs I appreciate less. Who are these people? On my page? What backwards-ass, Stone Age values country did they crawl out of? The U.S.? I won’t be disappearing (too many cool things to repost). The ability to comment likely will. I’m not concerned for myself. I can’t be \bullied\in this space. I have too much power. \”Delete. Block. Deactivate.\Etc. But I take seriously the possibility of queer kids visiting here, recently out of the closet or exploring the ideaI don’t want them exposed to bullshit. On a related noteI’m out. Of PB. Officially. Not bec of static on social media (although that has centered the issue). I just don’t want to play straight characters. Their stories have been told (and told). Così. No more Michael. If you were a fan of the show, hoping for additional seasonsI understand this is disappointing. I’m sorry. If you’re hot and bothered bec you fell in love with a fictional straight man played by a real gay oneThat’s your work. – W.M. 🏳️‍🌈 A post shared by @ wentworthmiller on Nov 8, 2020 at 10:05am PST “Prison Break” follows Lincoln “Linc” Burrows (played by Dominic Purcell), who is sentenced to death for a murder he didn’t commit. His only hope is his brother Michael (Miller), who hatches a plan to get himself sent to the same prison in order to break both of them out, from the inside. The series debuted in 2005 to favorable reviews and ran for four seasons. A feature-length TV film, “Prison Break: The Final Break,” concluded the series’ original run in 2009. It was revived for a nine-episode fifth season in 2017. Since then, the show’s cast and creative team have appeared to be at odds over whether a sixth season of “Prison Break” will get produced. “There’s no plan right now to revive ‘Prison Break’ or any of the other franchises,” Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said last year, according to multiple outlets. “But when the creators come with a story that they think is the right time to tell, we are so ready to listen because those are some franchises of which I’m so proud and feel so fortunate that they’re in our stable.” In September, Purcell hinted on social media that a sixth season would in fact happen, but that the filming process could be in flux because of COVID-19. Both he and co-star Sarah Wayne Callies expressed their support on Instagram for Miller’s decision. In a separate post, Callies said the show’s cast represented “a queer friendly space.” View this post on Instagram yesterday @wentworthmiller announced he’s done playing michael scofield because as a gay man he wants to focus on playing gay characters. . with gratitude for all the work we did together, & with deep love, i’m voicing my support for that choice. . to all the fans, know this: the cast of prison break is a queer friendly space. we stand withand amongour friends & family in the LGBTQ+ community with full throated support for their rights and artistic work. all the time. always. . and if that’s a problem for anyone, to quote a good man, “that’s your work.” . #pb #imwithwent #scofieldsticktogether A post shared by Sarah Wayne Callies (@sarahwaynecallies) on Nov 9, 2020 at 9:55am PST In the three years since his most recent “Prison Break” stint, Miller has kept busy with a variety of TV projects, including “Legends of Tomorrow” and “Madam Secretary.” He’s also become an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights and mental health initiatives. He previously hinted at his post-“Prison Break” artistic mission in a 2017 interview with HuffPost. “Obviously I’m in favor of queer characters on-screen. As many as possible,” he said at the time. “But it needs to be done right. Respectfully.”

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