Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell are best known for their work together on the award-winning TV series Prison Break, but this month, fans of the duo will be able to see them back in action together on The Flash.
Miller has already appeared on the show as Leonard Snart, a.k.a. Captain Cold, and on January 20th, Purcell will be joining him as partner in crime, Mick Rory/Heatwave.
Personally, I cannot wait to see this pair back together again, and the fact that it is as these two iconic Rogues makes it even more exciting. From the sounds of a recent Buzzfeed interview with them, they're just as thrilled!
In fact, fans everywhere can thank Wentworth Miller for this casting, as he was the one to suggest it. I loved hearing this, as it pretty much guarantees great chemistry between Heatwave and Captain Cold - two villains who have often butted heads while working together (unsurprisingly, given their preferred elements!). This isn't a case of the network trying to capitalize on the success of Prison Break, but simply two actors who really wanted to work together again.
WM: During my first episode, in a conversation with [DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer] Geoff Johns, he said, “We’re trying to cast this Heat Wave character. He’s this hothead, aggressive, unpredictable, force of nature. Are there any actors you can think of?” I said. “Dominic Purcell.” I was 90% serious, 10% joking, because I didn’t think they could pull it off or that they would even be interested in such a pairing — not knowing they were huge Prison Break fans.
DP: Wentworth dropped me an email and asked if I would be interested and I said, “Fuck yeah!” To work with Wentworth again? Yes. I was just excited to see Wentworth. It wasn’t about The Flash; it was about reconnecting with him and having a blast.
Of course, with The Flash scooping up awards by the armful this season, there is every possibility that Miller and Purcell will become better known as Captain Cold and Heatwave than Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrows.
While they are both effusive in their gratitude to the series that really put them on the map, they also talk about being typecast after the show ended. With another criminal role, it looks like these two can't escape characters who end up behind bars! Luckily, it's not something that seems to bother them too much.
DP: I went through a period there where, after Prison Break, it was very important for me to go out there and explore different character roles. I’m not even sure it’s necessary for me to say, but, I trained at drama school for three years and did Shakespeare and Chekov, but when I came to the States and got Prison Break, people began to see me in a certain way, and I’ve embraced that because it’s affording me opportunities in life I wouldn’t normally get. I’m running with my brand, if you will.
There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t hear, “You’re the guy from Prison Break! I love that show.” You just have to embrace it. I’m very humbled by Prison Break’s success.
WM: I have people calling me Michael left and right. As an actor, I had, naturally, I think, some concerns. How do I distance myself from this iconic character? And it’s one of the beautiful things about our current situation — it didn’t really factor into my thinking at all that by signing on to play Captain Cold, by him signing on to play Heat Wave, this will move us farther away from Michael and Lincoln than a million legal procedurals ever would.
I noticed when I get off a plane now, and there’s a fan waiting for me with a picture to sign, chances are it’s not Michael Scofield; chances are it’s Captain Cold, which is gratifying.
Given that these will undoubtedly be recurring characters on The Flash, I wouldn't be surprised if Snart and Rory eclipsed the Prison Break brothers in time - these are major players in the Flash universe, and the writers are unlikely to write them out too quickly. I'm looking forward to getting to know and love this latest incarnation of the two (not to mention meeting more of the Rogues as the show continues!), and it sounds like Miller and Purcell have a good grasp of the characters and are really getting into the right headspace.
WM: One of the things I like and respect about Snart is that, yes, he’s a villain, he’s up to no good, but he’s not wearing a mask. He’s not pretending to be anything. He’s always Leonard Snart as opposed to his adversary, who is wearing half a mask and has identity issues and secrets that need to be kept. Snart is a fully integrated and assimilated man who is always speaking his truth whether you like it or not and that’s something I really dug.
DP: Very similar to what Wentworth said, I like that Mick Rory is what he is: He’s a firebrand, he’s a force of nature, he doesn’t give a fuck. He’s out there to fucking cause havoc. He’s not apologizing for anything and I respond to that because I’m kind of the same.
Big question now is; how will we be introduced to Heatwave? From the promo photos, it looks like he will be working alongside Captain Cold, but how do they meet? Personally, I would love to see the original story from the comics - a meeting at a bank robbery and an invitation from Snart to Rory. I would like to see the Rogues being brought together, rather than brought in individually as we have seen so far.
We've seen Barry work with Arrow, and now it's the bad guys turn for a team up! What do you guys think about Dominic Purcell joining the cast as Heatwave? Are you thrilled, or will you be unable to see them as anything other than Schofield and Burrows? Comment and let me know!
Dominic Purcell joins the Flash on January 20th on the CW.