Wentworth Miller turned down the chance to appear in a sixth season of Prison Break because he “doesn’t want to play straight characters anymore.”
Taking to Instagram on Sunday to discuss the trolls he received on social media about his sexuality, the 48-year-old actor slammed those with “Stone Age values” for criticizing him for their homosexuality.
Although he receives “loving” and “supportive” messages from fans, Wentworth felt that the negative trolls he received proved that it was even more important for him to tell queer stories rather than to return to the role of Michael Scofield.
‘I’m outside. Officially “: Wentworth Miller of Prison Break revealed on Sunday that he turned down the chance to return for a sixth season because he” didn’t want to play straight characters anymore “
In a long caption to a blank Instagram post, he explained, “I’m not concerned about myself. I cannot be “intimidated” in this space. I have too much power. ” Remove. 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 the b ******.”
“On a related note… I’m absent. From PB. Officially. No social media statics (although that did focus the problem).
“I just don’t want to play straight characters. Their stories have been told (and told). Therefore. No more Michael.
Candid: Wentworth explained to fans that he wanted to focus on telling queer stories onscreen after being shocked by the ‘stone age values’ of trolls who criticized him for being gay
Decision: Wentworth said of the show, “I’m away. From PB. Officially… I just don’t want to play straight characters. Their stories have been told (and told). Therefore. More from Michael ‘
“If you were a fan of the show, hoping for additional seasons… I understand it’s disappointing. I am sorry.
“If you’re hot and bored because you fell in love with a fictional straight man played by a real gay… It’s your job.” – WM ‘
Dominic Purcell, who played his brother Lincoln Burrows, shared his support for Wentworth’s decision, saying in the comments: “He was a fun companion. What a ride it was.
“Fully support and understand your reasoning. Glad you made this decision for your health and your truth. Keep posts coming. … Love your brother.
Responding to the heartfelt message with one of his own, Wentworth said, “Thank you, brother. I love you too. Forward.’
Sweet: Dominic Purcell, who played his brother Lincoln Burrows, shared his support for his decision, saying “it was fun” and that he loved it with the actor responding in kind
In September, Dominic appeared to confirm that the show would return for a sixth season when he went on Instagram to share a cryptic post in which he responded to rumors he had heard.
He claimed that Prison Break would return despite previous claims another release was not planned when he shared a photo of himself and explained, “Rumor number 1. I’m old. Yes. I am 50 years old …..
“Rumor number 2. I’m bald. No, I have full hair; people demand that I shave it.
Rumor number 3, will pb season 6 happen. Yes… .. Rumor number 4. Do I like humans? No, not en masse. Definitely not. ‘
MailOnline has reached out to representatives from Fox Entertainment for comment.
Tease: In September, Dominic appeared to confirm the show would return for a sixth season
Claim: The actor, 50, took to Instagram to share a cryptic post in which he responded to rumors he had overheard and said, “Will pb season 6 happen.” Yes…..’
Prison Break ran for five seasons, with the first four airing between 2005 and 2009, before being relaunched in 2017 for another release.
The gritty drama focused on Michael’s plan to help Lincoln escape prison after being sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit.
Season five was a sequel that took place seven years after the original show and saw Michael return from the dead as he fought to regain his identity and eliminate Poseidon, the person responsible for his disappearance.
Big hit: Prison Break lasted for five seasons, with the first four airing between 2005 and 2009, before being relaunched in 2017 for another release
The limited series ended with Michael refusing to join the CIA so he could live a normal life with his wife Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies) and their son Mike.
Despite Dominic’s post, Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier dashed hopes for a sixth season in August 2019, as he said the channel had “no plans” to make it happen.
He explained, “There’s no plan right now to revive Prison Break or any of the other franchises, but when the creators come up with a story they think is the right time to tell, we’re so ready to listen because these are franchises of which I am so proud and so lucky that they are in our stable.
Classic: Despite Dominic’s post, Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier dashed hopes for a sixth season in August 2019, saying the channel had “no plans” to make it happen.