Wentworth Miller plays the tough, tattooed Michael Scofield in “Prison Break,” but since a meme that makes fun of his weight was posted on the internet, Miller has revealed his vulnerable side. The meme contrasted Miller as his “Prison Break” character with a candid paparazzi shot of him in a slightly larger body.
According to Mamamia, the image was cruelly captioned, “When you break out of prison and discover McDonald’s monopoly.” It was originally shared by Facebook page The LAD Bible and received over 100,000 likes and 12,000 shares, but has since been deleted.
Forty-three-year-old Miller responded by writing a Facebook post explaining that the candid image, captured in 2010, was taken during a dark time in his life when he was trying to keep a low profile. “First and foremost,” he wrote, “I was suicidal.”
Back then, the extent of Miller’s struggle was “known to very, very few.” He said that he considered himself damaged goods and that the voices in his head urged him “down the path to self-destruction.” According to the post, he has struggled with depression since childhood.
He explained that the image featured was “the lowest point in [his] adult life” – when he turned to food for comfort, relief and distraction, and eating became something that he could look forward to. “I put on weight. Big f—king deal,” he added.
According to Miller, the photo has been publicised before. Back in 2010, it was published alongside images of him from another time in his career with headlines such as “Hunk to Chunk” and “Fit to Flab,” but Miller survived that dark stage.
“Now, when I see that image of me in my red T-shirt, a rare smile on my face,” he wrote, “I am reminded of my struggle. My endurance and my perseverance in the face of all kinds of demons …Like a dandelion up through the pavement, I persist … The meaning I assign to this/my image is Strength. Healing. Forgiveness.”
According to news.com.au, ‘The LAD Bible’ has since apologised to Wentworth Miller, publishing a Facebook post that reads: “Mental health is no joke or laughing matter. We certainly did not want to cause you pain by reminding you of such a low point in your life … We applaud your raw honesty.”