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

Wentworth Miller says he's "officially" out of any future 'Prison Break' revival.

Wentworth Miller won't return to Prison Break because he doesn't want to play "straight characters" any more.

The 48-year-old actor  who came out as gay in 2013 has "officially" stepped down from portraying Michael Scofield so won't be involved in the rumoured sixth season of the Fox series because he feels heterosexual stories have "been told and told" and he's keen to do more with his career.

Prison Break ran from 2005 to 2009, and was revived for a fifth instalment in 2017.  There was talk of another season but those plans were scrapped in 2019.  In September, Wentworth's Prison Break co-star Dominic Purcell shared in a now-deleted Instagram post saying that he's involved in another season. 

He wrote on Instagram: "I'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).

"So. No more Michael. If you were a fan of the show, hoping for additional seasons... I 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 one...That's your work. - W.M.(sic)"

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"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 idea... I don't want them exposed to bullshit. On a related note... I'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). So. No more Michael. If you were a fan of the show, hoping for additional seasons... I 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 one... That's your work. - W.M. 🏳️‍🌈

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Post-Prison Break, Wentworth had a stint as Leonard "Leo" Snart/Captain Cold in the CW's The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. His character was in a relationship with Ray Terrill, played by Russell Tovey

Wentworth also made the revelation when he explained he was planning to disable comments on his Instagram account because of the negative remarks he has received, which he does't want "queer kids" to be "exposed" to when they're already battling with their sexuality.

He wrote: "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 idea... I don't want them exposed to bulls***.".

Besides acting, Wentworth also dabble in behind-the-scenes work. He wrote two movies, Park Chan-Wook's 2013 mystery thriller Stoker, and the 2016 horror The Disappointments Room. — BANG

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