Heat ther­apy

Prison Break star Do­minic Pur­cell loves play­ing the vil­lian Heat Wave in DC’s Leg­ends Of To­mor­row.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TV - By ALI­SON DE SOUZA

TEN years af­ter they first set hearts aflut­ter play­ing two brothers be­hind bars in the hit TV show Prison Break ( 2005 to 2009), Do­minic Pur­cell and Went­worth Miller have teamed up again to play an­other pair of lov­able rogues – Heat Wave and Cap­tain Cold in the su­per­hero se­ries DC’s Leg­ends Of To­mor­row.

In an in­ter­view in Van­cou­ver, where Leg­ends Of To­mor­row is filmed, Pur­cell talks about the strange chem­istry that keeps throw­ing him and Miller to­gether as co- stars, in­clud­ing for the up­com­ing Prison Break re­vival that will hit screens later this year.

“You know, it’s a very unique com­bi­na­tion that Went­worth and I have as ac­tors and as peo­ple. I don’t think there’s too much go­ing on in TV or the film world where two ac­tors get to work with each other as a pair­ing as we do.

“It’s be­com­ing quite com­i­cal, re­ally,” says the 46- year- old Aus­tralian per­former, who in Prison Break played Lin­coln Bur­rows, a man wrong­fully con­victed of mur­der and sen­tenced to death un­til brother Michael Scofield ( Miller) con­cocts an elab­o­rate plan to help him es­cape.

The Golden Globe- nom­i­nated show made stars and sex sym­bols out of Pur­cell and Miller, 43.

But the duo faded from view when it ended in 2009; Pur­cell failed to find trac­tion as a lead­ing man and Miller semi- re­tired from act­ing to pur­sue a ca­reer as a screen­writer, pen­ning the 2013 hor­ror thriller Stoker star­ring Ni­cole Kid­man.

It was 2014 be­fore the pair would have an­other high- pro­file role on screen, this time as guest stars on the su­per­hero se­ries The Flash, play­ing the vil­lains Heat Wave and Cap­tain Cold.

Heat Wave ( Pur­cell) is ar­son­ist Mick Rory, whose weapon of choice is a heat gun, while Cap­tain Cold ( Miller) is his part­ner- in- crime Leonard Snart, whose cry­onic freez­ing gun earned him his name.

The stint went so well that they soon “got word from the pow­ers- that- be that they were go­ing to cre­ate a very large TV show and they wanted my­self and Went­worth to be part of it as the team of Heat Wave and Cap­tain Cold again”, Pur­cell says.

That show was DC’s Leg­ends Of To­mor­row and shows the pair team­ing up with a gang of time- trav­el­ling su­per­heroes to save the world.

Pur­cell is not en­tirely sure why fans and cast­ing di­rec­tors seem to like see­ing him and his Amer­i­can co- star to­gether on screen, but be­lieves it has some­thing to do with their gen­uine friend­ship.

“I think peo­ple get a sense of the dif­fer­ence in us as hu­mans, but also they un­der­stand the love and re­spect that we both have for each other.

“That’s a very at­trac­tive qual­ity and I think peo­ple are re­ally drawn to that,” says the ac­tor, who is dat­ing for­mer 90210 star An­na­Lynne McCord, 28, and has four chil­dren aged 12 to 16 with pro­ducer ex- wife Re­becca Wil­liamson. Miller is sin­gle but pre­vi­ously dated Killjoys ac­tor Luke Mac­far­lane.

Pur­cell adds: “Ob­vi­ously Prison Break was the cat­a­lyst in that dy­namic, and I think that’s kind of con­tin­ued on in this show. It’s very hard to ar­tic­u­late ex­actly what it is that Went­worth and I have, but it’s kind of an un­ex­plained kind of chem­istry, I think.”

It was not lost on the pair that their big­gest suc­cess had been with Prison Break, and it was while they were work­ing to­gether on The Flash that a plan to re­boot the se­ries was hatched.

“I think the stu­dio al­ways wanted to re­visit Prison Break at some point, but when the show fin­ished Went­worth kind of semi- re­tired, gave him­self a break and fo­cused on writ­ing.

“He’s jumped back into the fray now and when we were work­ing on The Flash and talk­ing about it, we de­cided: Why not re­visit Prison Break? So we went to the stu­dio and they were ex­cited about the idea and here we are.

“Prison Break was such an iconic show and they have pulled out all the stops,” says the ac­tor of the up­com­ing 10- episode lim­ited se­ries, which is due to be­gin pro­duc­tion soon.

Few de­tails have been re­leased about the re­boot, al­though for­mer The Walk­ing Dead star Sarah Wayne Cal­lies has con­firmed she will once again play Dr Sara Tan­credi, the wife of Miller’s char­ac­ter Scofield, whom the writ­ers will have to res­ur­rect some­how given that she died at the end of the orig­i­nal se­ries.

It is likely that the re­vival will also see Scofield and Bur­rows on the wrong side of the law again, much like the char­ac­ters the two ac­tors play on Leg­ends Of To­mor­row.

Pur­cell ad­mits that he rather en­joys play­ing the bad boy.

With Heat Wave, he “was very ex­cited to play such a bad- a$$ and a hugely charis­matic fig­ure”, and one whose straight- talk- ing man­ner of­ten gets a lot of laughs on the show.

“I had no in­ten­tion of mak­ing it funny, but ap­par­ently he’s very funny. I think that’s be­cause he’s just un­fil­tered and so hon­est - he says how it is and it’s much ap­pre­ci­ated.”

With Leg­ends Of To­mor­row, the ac­tor is also en­coun­ter­ing a whole new kind of fans – those who have been ob­sessed with the char­ac­ters since they read The Flash comic books.

“Comic fans are ra­bid; they’re so in­tense. Prison Break fans are in­tense as well, but comic peo­ple take it to a dif­fer­ent de­gree. The char­ac­ters re­ally be­come their idols, and they are very pas­sion­ate about the genre.”

But to this day, the most out­ra­geous thing a fan has ever done to him hap­pened be­cause of the prison drama.

“When I was do­ing Prison Break, I was in a drug­store and got a tap the shoul­der from a po­lice­man, who was look­ing at me re­ally strangely.

“Then he looked at this old lady who was stand­ing by the till and said to her, ‘ He’s an ac­tor. He’s not re­ally an es­capee.’ And she said, ‘ No, he is, I’ve seen him on TV.’

“So this old lady had called the po­lice think­ing that I had es­caped from prison. But the cop apol­o­gised and I quickly got out of there.” – The Straits Times, Sin­ga­pore/ Asia News Net­work

airs ev­ery Fri­day at 9.05pm on Warn­ertV HD ( Hyp­ptV Ch 613).

With heat Wave, Pur­cell ‘ was very ex­cited to play such a bad- a$$ and a hugely charis­matic fig­ure’. — Pho­tos: Warner TV

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