Prison Break star Wentworth Miller has officially quit the series. Yes. The actor whose role as the tattooed convict on the hit show became the talk of town when the show first aired in the mid-2000’s.
The actor, who played Michael Scofield in the hit Fox series, said he won’t be returning in any future revival of the series as he is done playing straight characters.
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So many messages of support and encouragement… Thank you. I’m taking it in. I only hope – thru my acting/writing, what I share online – that energy is returned in some way/shape/form… I didn’t anticipate my previous post going so far, so fast, and I feel motivated to offer a follow-up… Am I saying gay actors (gay men, specifically) should only play gay parts? No. I was speaking for myself. At this point in my life/career, it’s what feels interesting, inspiring, right. That said, do I want to see more gay parts played by gay actors? Yes. It makes a difference performance-wise (IMO), but also bec straight actors playing “gay” centers straightness. Doesn’t matter if they’re “acting” – I still know what I’m looking at. (Does this dynamic exist on a spectrum with porn genres like “gay-for-pay” and the prioritization/fetishization of straight/”masc” men over gay/”femme” men within the gay community? Conversations for another time.) PB was challenging, onscreen and off. Did anyone involved tell me, explicitly, to bury my gayness for the show’s sake? No. Had I already received enough messaging from Hollywood/the larger culture/the schools I went to/my family of origin such things go unspoken lest you risk punishment, losing rights/privileges? Yes. One of the ironies of the closet is I became my own jailer. “Prison Break” indeed. (I’ve said it before – the universe has a sense of humor.) I haven’t spent my career on “Pose” and “Looking.” Didn’t work out that way. What I’ve done is a lot of action-adventure, and that’s come with a diverse fanbase. Within that is a homophobic subgroup and their shit’s been washing up on my shore. They dig “Michael” but have a problem with me. It’s got that “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin” energy. They’d prefer I keep quiet, dial it down. Don’t Remind Them. No. My gayness was largely erased (by me, for starters) in the first decades of my career. It is my want, now, to center it in a way that cannot be missed by myself or anyone else. – W.M. 🏳️🌈
In January, Michael Thorn – the president of Fox Entertainment – hinted that a new season was on the way following a successful return in 2017.
He revealed this information on his Instagram page saying, “I’m out. Of PB. Officially. I just don’t want to play straight characters. Their stories have been told (and told).”
Adding that while the news might be “disappointing” he was still sorry for fans. But that didn’t detract from him adding, “If you’re hot and bothered [because] you fell in love with a fictional straight man played by a real gay one, that’s on you.”
His co-stars supported his decision with Dominic Purcell, who played Miller’s on-screen brother, Lincoln Burrows, writing, “It was fun mate. What a ride it was. Fully support and understand your reasoning. Glad you have made this decision for you health and your truth.”
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ANNOUNCEMENT: “I’m out of Prison Break. Officially. I don’t want to play straight characters. Their stories have been told. So. No more Michael. If you were a fan of the show, hoping for additional seasons… I understand this is disappointing. I’m sorry.” – W.M. 🏳️🌈 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #wentworthmiller #prisonbreak #michaelscofield #prisonbreak6 #prisonbreak5 #fox #foxtv #explorepage #fyp #explore #amaurynolasco #sarahwaynecallies #robertknepper
Sarah Wayne Calies, the actress who played his on-screen wife, Sara Tancredi, said: “With gratitude for all the work we did together, & with deep love, I’m voicing my support for that choice.”
Prison Break is an American television serial drama created by Paul Scheuring for Fox.