UPDATE: Dominic Purcell Leaving ‘Legends Of Tomorrow’, But Clarifies Earlier Comments
‘Legends Of Tomorrow‘ is losing another original cast member, as Dominic Purcell, who plays Heatwave/Mick Rory on the series, announces on social media that he’s leaving the show. UPDATE: His initial post on social media, which you can read below, took some swings at Warner Bros, however, he has since deleted that post and clarified his comments, and point out he is sticking around in some capacity for Season 7.
In his original post on Instagram he commented:
“Deal isn’t done. I have no interest. Whatever cash they throw on the corporate level. I’m walking away from Legends Of Tomorrow. It’s been a total pleasure and a humbling experience bringing DC Comics iconic character Heatwave (aka) Mick Rory to life.”
Purcell was one of the original cast members, joined the show alongside fellow ‘Prison Break’ co-star Wentworth Miller who played Leonard Snart/Captain Cold. His departure leaves Caity Lotz (Sara Lance/White Canary) as the only original star left on the comic book drama.
“Time to move on and see how shit unfolds. Caity Lotz [and] Nick Zano look after the kids coming through,” As he continues, he then hints that his decision to leave had something to do with a clash with senior brass at WB. “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.”
He later deleted that, adding a new post saying:
“AND NOBODY HAS FORCED ME TO MAKE THIS STATEMENT… God would everyone chill the fuck out. Why are people losing their mind because I’m leaving the show. Yes, my tone was heavy straight to the point. I use cuss words cause I do and I’m Australian It’s who I am. Do I have a beef with the studio at Warner Bros TV 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 shit happens. It’s life.”
He continues “here are the facts. I am leaving Legends Of Tomorrow 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 Warner Bros TV Peter Roth and I had a tremendous working relationship I was super sad when he retired. 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. I’m fuckin human. So for god sake chill on. “Dominic Purcell and the studio are beefing” total bullshit. It’s simply not true the press always turn shit 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 fuck out on how much press I got or this got world wide. But hey Legends Of Tomorrow hasn’t ever got as much press ever stoked!!”
So there you have it. Purcell is leaving the show, but will be around for Season 6, which premieres May 2, 2021, on The CW in the USA, and some of Season 7.
The 6th Season picks up right after the end of Season 5. After a night of celebrating their beating the Fates, the Legends quickly discover that Sara (Caity Lotz) is missing. Trying to keep it together, the Legends are shocked to discover that she was taken by Aliens. Ava (Jes Macallan) sends Rory (Dominic Purcell) and Behrad (Shayan Sobhian) to follow a lead on who can possibly help them find Sara, while Constantine (Matt Ryan) tries to work his magic. Meanwhile, Sara does all she can to try to escape, which includes releasing Aliens into the timeline, but is shocked to learn who one of her kidnappers turns out to be.
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