Prison Break star Wentworth Miller revealed he won’t be taking part in any future seasons of the popular series because he doesn’t want to play straight characters anymore.
Two months after his Prison Break co-star Dominic Purcell claimed that the series is coming back with the sixth season. Miller Wentworth took to Instagram on Sunday to reveal that he has no plans on returning.
Wentworth, who is gay, revealed that his decision was partly linked to the bullying he gets from homophobic viewers, who are presumably unhappy to learn he’s not as straight as his character is.
Miller, 48, wrote: “I’m out. Of PB. Officially. Not of static on social media. I just don’t want to play straight characters. Their stories have been told ”
The actor had also apologized to the fans of the show for “disappointing” them, he added: “If you’re hot and bothered (because) you fell in love with a fictional straight man played by a real gay one… That’s your work.”
Wentworth had received support from many of his fellow actors. Including his PB co-star Purcell, who plays the role of Miller’s brother in the series, Purcell commented on Miller’s post:”Fully support and understand your reasoning. I’m glad you have made this decision for your health and your truth. Keep the posts coming… Love ya brother.”
Sarah Wayne Callies, who played Miller’s on-screen wife Sara. Revealed she supported her co-star’s decision and explained to fans that the crime drama is a ‘queer-friendly space.’
Sarah shared a throwback photo of the couple together on her Instagram, she captioned: “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.” The star continued: “We stand with, and among, our friends & family in the LGBTQ+ community and with full-throated support for their rights and artistic work. All the time. Always.”
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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 with – and among – our 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