Dominic Purcell Announces Exit From ‘DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow’ In Post Slamming Studio, Then Changes Tune
Dominic Purcell has announced that he would be departing from the comic book television series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow following its sixth season in an Instagram post. Purcell portrayed the thuggish anti-hero Mick Rory/Heatwave on the show. In his original post, Purcell slammed the studio Warner Bros for mistreating its actors and not caring about their feelings or well-being, calling the people who run the studios various obscenities and asking fellow cast members Caity Lotz and Nick Zano to look out for any new actors on the show and prevent them from relying on the studio for loyalty.
In his original Instagram post, Purcell stated, “Deal isn’t done. I have no interest. What ever cash they throw on the corporate level. I’m walking away from @cw_legendsoftomorrow. It’s been a total pleasure and a humbling experience bringing @dccomics iconic character #heatwave (aka) MICK RORY to life. I smashed this character— not an actor in the world could have done better. FACT…. Such a funny c*** ……..Time to move on and see how shit unfolds. @caitylotz @nickzano look after the kids coming through. They need education. They are a number — teach them to not rely on loyalty from the studio. The studio does not care. The actors work ethic and talent must give them the confidence to question authority….. Much love to all. It’s not lost on me how very fortunate I am…… ACTORS HIT ME UP ON DM.”
Many fans were shocked by Purcell’s statement as he originally posted an Instagram a while back stating that he would be retuning for the show’s seventh season in addition to its sixth. Following the controversial post, many suggested Purcell was walking away from the show on bad terms with the studio and would no longer work with DC or even Warner Bros as a result.
Purcell quickly deleted his original statement and posted another Instagram to clarify his words. The actor revealed that he was simply frustrated with the long hours in Vancouver and was only the leaving the show on a full time basis. Purcell added that he would appear periodically throughout the seventh season.
“AND NO BODY HAS FORCED ME TO MAKE THIS STATEMENT…. God would everyone chill the f**k out,” he said. “Why are people losing their mind because I’m leaving the show. Yes my tone was heavy straight to the point. I use cus words cause I do and I’m Australian It’s who I am. Do I have a beef with the studio at @warnerbrostv NO!……. Yes I said they don’t care. That’s not correct of course they do— just me being emotional and over stuff. We work we all work in a big machine. Sometimes s**t happens. It’s life……… here are the facts. I am leaving @cw_legendsoftomorrow on a full time basis. I will come back periodically with a handshake deal with my boss Phil Klemmer.”
“I have and always have had a tremendous relationship with the Bosses and the studio @warnerbrostv Peter Roth and I had a tremendous working relationship I was super sad when he retired,” Purcell added. “My wording was aggressive in tone because sometimes I get frustrated and annoyed it’s been a long long heavy year locked up in #Vancouver for 9 months without going home. Who doesn’t and who hasn’t lashed out. Im f***n human. So for god sake chill on the “Dominic Purcell and the studio are beefing” total bulls**t. It’s simply not true the press always turn s**t into what it’s not. I haven’t quit. My contract is up. 6 years not 7. I’ve never quit on a contract and never would. So to all the fans you will see me again next year on season 7 periodically. I hope this has clarified stuff. I must admit I was freaked the f**k out on how much press I got or this got world wide. But hey @cw_legendsoftomorrow hasn’t ever got as much press ever stoked!!”