‘Prison Break’ star Wentworth Miller says he’s officially done playing straight roles
You might recognize Wentworth Miller from his stint as Michael Scofield on Fox’s “Prison Break.”
But don’t count on ever seeing him in the role again if and when the series ever returns (though it doesn’t look likely). And definitely don’t expect him to play any straight man onscreen in the future.
“I’m out. Of PB. Officially,” he wrote in an Instagram post over the weekend. “Not (because) 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.”
Miller played the role of Michael on the show from 2005 to 2009, and reprised the role in 2017 after Fox revived it.
Fans chimed in with words of support for the actor in the post’s comments. “we are here to support you always, love you,” @alejanndraarc wrote, and others threw in many heart emojis.
Miller, who came out as gay in 2013, said he had been receiving comments and DMs from fellow Instagram users that were evidently homophobic, prompting him to speak out.
“I won’t be disappearing (too many cool things to repost),” he said. “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 (expletive).”