Wentworth Miller has declared that he will no longer be playing straight characters.
The 48-year-old actor made the announcement on Instagram, telling fans that those stories “have been told and told.”
The “Prison Break” star also confirmed that he will not be reprising his role as Michael in the hit TV show.
The openly gay actor took to social media on Sunday, Nov. 8, to make the announcement.
Responding to a negative post on his Instagram account, Miller wrote, “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 bullsh**t.”
He continued, “On a related note… I’m out. Of [Prison Break]. Officially. 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.”
The message concluded, “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. – W.M. 🏳️🌈.”
Fans responded by suggesting that Miller’s character should be gay, but he didn’t go for the idea.
“Forgive me – I need to put my finger on something. In and around the ‘reveal’ I’m gay IRL, don’t wish to play straight parts etc., I saw dozens of comments suggesting Michael leave Sara for T-bag. Or that T-bag will be ‘looking’ for Michael/me,” he wrote on Instagram. “Is it possible, to some folks, T-Bag = ‘gay’ rep on PB? Maybe the ONLY rep on TV in their part of the world? Forget the homophobes + zealots (bec f**k them) – for the queer kids, the queer adults who will never come out bec coming out = death in their part of the world… is T-bag the best they can expect?”
Miller then called out shows for not telling more LGBTQ stories.
“I’ve said one of the lies Hollywood tells is the screen is sacred and actors are gods. It isn’t and they aren’t,” Wentworth continued. “Storytelling is sacred. Older than civilization, it’s how we try and make sense of where we’ve been. Are. Where we’re going. Hollywood is just the shiny straw thru which the sacred is (currently) channeled. Stories matter. Balanced, responsible storytelling matters. You never know who’s watching. Or where.”
“Stories matter. Balanced, responsible storytelling matters. You never know who’s watching. Or where,” he added.
“Prison Break” aired for 5 seasons from 2005-2009 and then again in 2017. The series followed an engineer who goes to a prison he designed in order to save his falsely accused brother from a death sentence.