UPDATED: On Saturday morning, Dominic Purcell announced that he would be “walking away” from his role as Mick Rory, aka Heatwave, on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and, true to his character’s temperament, he left a fiery message in his wake.
But a matter of hours later, the actor returned to Instagram to clarify his initial statement. “God would everyone chill the f**k out. Why are people losing their mind because I’m leaving the show. Yes my tone was heavy straight to the point…It’s who I am,” he said. “Do I have a beef with the studio at @warnerbrostv NO!”
In his first post announcing his departure, earlier in the day, Purcell said, “The studio does not care. The actors [sic] 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 ended the post with a call for actors to “him me up on DM” to discuss what he termed “Fake (c-words).”
Later, he apparently cooled down, deleting the original post and amending it with a different ending: “Big thanks to the cast and crew and all the awesome relationships I’ve made over the years. Thank you all. Dom.”
In his recent post, Purcell elaborated further. “Yes I said [the studio doesn’t] care. That’s not correct of course they do— just me being emotional and over stuff,” he said. “We all work in a big machine. Sometimes sh*t happens. It’s life.”
He then proceeded to lay out “the facts,” saying that he was leaving Legends of Tomorrow “on a full time basis,” but that he would 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 @warnerbrostv…My wording was aggressive in tone because sometimes I get frustrated and annoyed [sic] it’s been a long long heavy year locked up in #Vancouver for 9 months without going home,” he continued. “Who doesn’t and who hasn’t lashed out. Im f***in human. So for god sake chill on.”
The actor wrapped up by confirming, once and for all, that he hasn’t quit the superhero series, contrary to how the situation has been perceived. “I haven’t quit. My contract is up…I’ve never quit on a contract and never would,” he said. “So to all the fans you will see me again next year on season 7 periodically.”
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is heading into its sixth season on May 2. It was renewed for a seventh season in February. Purcell’s latest comments regarding his contract were somewhat in line with those he had made a few days after the deal for the new season was announced. At the time, he said that he would be leaving the series at the end of Season 7, when his contract expired. He claimed no intention of leaving the show before then.
Reps for the CW and Warner Bros. TV, which produces DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, had no comment on Purcell’s statements. According to sources, the studio has not started negotiations with the cast about next season yet. Legends of Tomorrow was one of 12 CW series that received early renewals in February.
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