Dominic Purcell walks away from CW’s Legends of Tomorrow after insinuating ‘corporate level’ tension with Warner Bros: ‘Time to move on’
Legends of Tomorrow star Dominic Purcell announced his exit from the show late Saturday while insinuating tension with the studio.
Though the CW drama — which is based on the DC comic series — was already renewed for a seventh season, the 51-year-old actor who plays Heatwave says he has ‘no interest’ in returning.
He alluded to a gripe with Warner Bros in his exit statement, and a now-deleted part of his social media post read: ‘The studio does not care.’
Purcell had deleted the Instagram post in its entirety before re-adding it with two different amended captions.
Exit plan: Dominic Purcell, 51, announces his exit from CW’s Legends of Tomorrow ahead of its seventh season as he insinuates tension with the studio while saying he has ‘no interest’
The photo that accompanied his announcement showed him cracking open a cold one while sitting shirtless.
And though his statement revealed gratitude for the experience, it was tinged with a bit of ego.
‘Deal isn’t done. I have no interest. What ever cash they throw on the corporate level. Im walking away from @cw_legendsoftomorrow. It’s been a total pleasure and a humbling experience bringing @dccomics iconic character #heatwave (aka) MICK RORY to life. I smashed this character— not an actor in the world could have done better,’ he wrote.
And according to Variety, the now deleted part of his post read: ‘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.’
Heatwave: The Prison Break star played Heatwave in the CW drama which is based on the DC comic series about heroes and villains coming together to save the world
Brewing tension: And according to Variety, the now deleted part of his post read: ‘The studio does not care. The actors work ethic and talent must give them the confidence to question authority
The Prison Break star later followed up on his initial post and said he ‘fooled’ everyone and ‘wanted a laugh,’ despite maintaining that he would still be exiting on a ‘full time basis.’ Additionally he called his post a ‘nice negotiation tactic.’
‘WHY SO SERIOUS. I needed a laugh and got one fooled ya!!!!! Everyone’s losing their mind. No issue with studio. Or anyone. Wanted a laugh. Now I know I am loved….but yes I am leaving @cw_legendsoftomorrow on a full time basis but have every intention of coming back periodically just not full season.’
He ended the post: ‘@warnerbrostv sorry for freaking u out. Nice negotiation tactic,’ with a winky face.
Swift adjustment: He had amended his original post after deleting it saying that he ‘wanted a laugh’ and that he would return to the show in some capacity
And then he changed his wording for a third time while alleging he has no ‘beef’ with anyone.
‘I don’t have a beef with studio. I don’t have beef with anyone except myself haha. Woke up this morning like I caused mass #riots…But what a genius negotiation move.’
Purcell had played Mick Rory since 2016, and the sixth season of the show that sees villains and heroes coming together to save the world is set to premiere on May 2.
It is currently unknown how Warner Bros and the CW will portray his character’s exit in the forthcoming season.
Taking action: In his now deleted post he wrote ‘I am leaving @cw_legendsoftomorrow on a full time basis but have every intention of coming back periodically just not full season,’; pictured 2017