He made the revelation in a letter declining an invitation to a film festival in Russia.
Prison Break star Wentworth Miller has declined an invitation to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival, saying that as a gay man he disapproves of the Russian government’s crackdown on homosexuals.
Miller had been invited to appear as a guest of honor at the festival. “As a gay man, I must decline,” he said.
The actor, 41, whose sexual orientation has been the subject of speculation in the past, came out in a letter he sent on Wednesday to festival organizers.
Wentworth’s letter, which is posted on GLAAD’s website, thanks festival organizers for an invitation but states “I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government.”
“Wentworth’s bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians, who are facing extreme violence and persecution: you are not alone,” said a statement from GLAAD representative Wilson Cruz, who is also an actor (My So-Called Life).
Miller’s announcement comes amid international condemnation of Russia’s recent crackdown on homosexuals. Stringent new laws prescribe fines for people accused of spreading “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” to minors. Gay pride rallies are banned, as is the adoption of Russian-born children by same-sex couples. And foreign visitors suspected of being gay can now be detained for up to 15 days, which has raised concerns worldwide as Russia prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Franklin Leonard sent out his sixth annual Black List Monday, christening the best un-produced screenplays, as weighed in by a number of development executives.
No. 1 on this year’s list is Wes Jones’ College Republicans, a fictionalized tale of Karl Rove’s collegiate days. No. 2 is Jackie by Noah Oppenheim, which takes place in the days following President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
The list also includes Stoker, which is about a teenage girl who must deal with her mysterious uncle after her dad dies. It’s Prison Break star Wentworth Miller’s screenwriting debut.
Dante Harper’s All You Need Is Kill, the adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s 2004 sci-fi alien novel that has already purchased by Warner Bros. for seven figures, has also been named. J.C. Chandor’s Margin Call, which chronicles the last 24 hours at now-defunct investment bank Lehman Brothers, also made the list. The Kevin Spacey and Paul Bettany starrer will debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
Is Wentworth Miller a writer trapped inside the body of an actor, plotting an escape? Miller, best known for starring in the Fox series Prison Break, now has two scripts in play, each of which he wrote under the pseudonym Ted Foulke. Foulke’s Stoker, which has Carey Mulligan and Jodie Foster attached, has gotten some ink. It’s the story of an eccentric teen whose enigmatic and estranged uncle who returns to the family after the death of the girl’s father. Foulke (Miller) has also written Uncle Charlie, a prequel to Stoker that explores another chapter in the history of an unusual family that has a knack for burying secrets, as well as bodies. Fox Searchlight is in talks to acquire both scripts, but I’m told they aren’t the only ones circling. The projects, being shopped by Foulke’s ICM reps, will likely land in the same place, since there are overlapping characters. The agency isn’t confirming that Foulke is Miller, but guess which agency reps the actor? Miller, who just wrapped Resident Evil: Afterlife, apparently wants to lead a double life as an actor and scribe.
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