Wentworth Miller addresses fan theory Prison Break character is gay after quitting straight roles

Wentworth Miller is perhaps most synonymous with his starring role as Michael Scofield in the TV drama Prison Break.

But the openly gay actor has revealed that he has no intentions of returning to the show or playing any other straight characters for that matter.

He took to Instagram once again Saturday, as he addressed fan theories that his character is in fact gay, while musing on the power of representation in shows like Prison Break.

Fan theories: Wentworth Miller took to Instagram once again Saturday, as he addressed fan theories that his character is in fact gay, while musing on the power of representation (pictured in March, 2017)

Fan theories: Wentworth Miller took to Instagram once again Saturday, as he addressed fan theories that his character is in fact gay, while musing on the power of representation (pictured in March, 2017)

The 48-year-old wrote: ‘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 was referring to the villainous character played by Robert Knepper, with whom his character has been the subject of some erotic fan fiction.

Miller added: ‘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*** 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?’ 

He continued: ‘Stories matter. Balanced, responsible storytelling matters. You never know who’s watching. Or where. 

Shipping them: The 48-year-old wrote: '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'

Shipping them: The 48-year-old wrote: ‘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’

Unlikely romance: He was referring to the villainous character played by Robert Knepper, with whom his character has been the subject of some erotic fan fiction

Unlikely romance: He was referring to the villainous character played by Robert Knepper, with whom his character has been the subject of some erotic fan fiction

Representation matters: Miller added: 'Is it possible, to some folks, T-Bag = "gay" rep on PB? Maybe the ONLY rep on TV in their part of the world?'

Representation matters: Miller added: ‘Is it possible, to some folks, T-Bag = “gay” rep on PB? Maybe the ONLY rep on TV in their part of the world?’

‘”Dude. Lighten up. It’s a show.” Etc. I hear you. AND Hollywood is never not sending messages. IMO. Even when we don’t think what we’re watching has A Message, messages are being sent. About gender, sex, race, dating, power, politics…

‘A lot of folks in Hollywood don’t want to accept this. IMO. How fast – how far – their stories fly. A lot of folks (yes, I’ve been one) check out and cash checks, turn blind eyes to messages sent. I see the impact on this page. Many experience it IRL.’  

The Legends of Tomorrow actor concluded: ‘Are fast food shows Hollywood’s best chance to send messages that evolve/expand, add nutrition to less-than-ideal diets? If so, I’d argue those shows become MORE important, not less. Deserve more respect. Nuance. Intention. Better representation. Because their audiences do too. – W.M.’

It comes after he announced last week on Instagram that he has no intention to return to the series.

He 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).

Officially done: It comes after he announced last week on Instagram that he has no intention to return to the series: 'I just don't want to play straight characters. Their stories have been told (and told)'

Officially done: It comes after he announced last week on Instagram that he has no intention to return to the series: ‘I just don’t want to play straight characters. Their stories have been told (and told)’

Leading man: Miller starred alongside Dominic Purcell in the Fox series, which ran for four seasons and a TV movie from 2005 to 2009, before returning for another season in 2017

Leading man: Miller starred alongside Dominic Purcell in the Fox series, which ran for four seasons and a TV movie from 2005 to 2009, before returning for another season in 2017

‘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.’

Miller starred alongside Dominic Purcell in the Fox series, which ran for four seasons and a TV movie from 2005 to 2009, before returning for another season in 2017.

He came out as gay in August of 2013, through a letter published by GLAAD, declining an invitation to the St Petersburg International Film Festival, amid Russia’s rampant anti-LGBTQ discrimination.

The English-American actor wrote: ‘I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. 

‘The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.’

Living his truth: He came out as gay in August of 2013, through a letter published by GLAAD, declining an invitation to the St Petersburg International Film Festival, amid Russia's rampant anti-LGBTQ discrimination (pictured in October, 2016)

Living his truth: He came out as gay in August of 2013, through a letter published by GLAAD, declining an invitation to the St Petersburg International Film Festival, amid Russia’s rampant anti-LGBTQ discrimination (pictured in October, 2016)


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