In an emotional Instagram post, Wentworth Miller, one of the stars of the Fox television drama Prison Break, announced that he had no intention of returning to his role as Michael Scofield, the mastermind behind the show’s eponymous prison escape. The actor then went at length to lash out at the negativity directed at him because of his sexuality and the need to provide more representation for LGBT community members, inspiring Miller to swear never to take another role to play a heterosexual man.

As for more visibility of the LGBT in media, Miller told followers he had no intention to continue acting in “straight” roles. In a long social media post, the actor wrote, “I’m out. Of PB. Officially. Not bec 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), ” Miller declared. “So. No more Michael. If you were a fan of the show, hoping for additional seasons… I understand this is disappointing. I’m sorry. If you’re hot and bothered bec you fell in love with a fictional straight man played by a real gay one…That’s your work. – W.M.”

In a later post, the television star told fans, “Am I saying gay actors (gay men, specifically) should only play gay parts? No,” he clarified. “I was speaking for myself. At this point in my life/career, it’s what feels interesting, inspiring, right.”

Miller has spoken at length about his difficulty growing up as a gay man, going in-depth about the harassment he’s suffered in the same Instagram post as well as in a speech for the Human Rights Campaign Organization’ Seattle Dinner in 2013. Of this topic, Miller wrote, “Obviously there are comments and DMs I appreciate less. Who are these people? On my page? What backwards-a–, Stone Age values country did they crawl out of? The U.S.?”


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