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Wentworth Miller Candids

Wentworth Miller Candids

"Next season is chaos, man."

This is what Paul Scheuring says when I ask about Season 2 of Prison Break, which begins shooting today in Dallas.

Chaos? How so?

"We scatter these guys to the four corners of the country," he says, leaning forward, eyes widening. "They are all free. We have let guys literally out of a cage to do what they want to do. And they all have their various end-games which we established in Season 1."

We’re in an interview suite at the Banff World Television Festival, which concluded yesterday. Scheuring is wearing a blue shirt. He has short-cropped brown hair, a deep voice and intense gaze which makes him seem more like a military officer than a TV show runner.

This season concluded, recall, with Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) and the escaped cons sprinting through a field. Police sirens wailed. The cops were getting close. But, as Scheuring explains, breaking out of Fox River Penitentiary was the easy part.

"Comparatively, they were very safe in the prison," he says. "Now they are behind enemy lines."

Fans who were enthralled by the first season can expect to be shocked by what awaits. (Warning: if you want nothing spoiled, do not read after the jump.)

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"The audience will be amazed," he says. "Our main characters are going to start falling by the wayside. We kind of say this in jest, but it’s true. Season 2 is like our American Idol season.

"Because we start with eight guys on the run and slowly one guy gets popped, and one guy gets popped, and one guy gets popped. Pretty soon there’s only one guy left standing."

He takes a deep breath.

"It’s going to be strange for the audience. They’re going to go, `My God, they’re all gone! They killed that person!’ And we’re really excited about that because they’ll know we’re not pulling any punches. We’re not doing anything for commercial reasons."

This year, he says, the biggest challenge was: "Would the audience swallow the whopper that we served, which was this guy had tattoos on his body to start a prison break."

The other problem, he says, was wondering if viewers (especially female) would watch a show set in "the milieu of prison." But when the pilot was shown to a test audience, women actually scored higher.

Scheuring attributes this to the show’s web of mysteries, to the emotionally resonant relationships and, most important, to the casting of Miller: "manna from the heavens."

Miller, he says, is "like catnip to women." And he got the role only after producers had seen about 200 other actors in L.A.

"None of them were right," Scheuring says. "They were all tired, boring, `actor’ guys, and not true ciphers and mysteries and enigmas that we needed for Scofield. I had never heard of Wentworth Miller. But he just walked into the room that day and I said, `We got him. We got the guy.’"

Given the show’s gritty backdrop and, at times, the brutal situations, was there anything Scheuring could not do or show this season?

"We didn’t get to say `Jesus Christ’ ever because we were censored," he says. "We could cut off toes and cut off hands and we could do various things like that. But we could never take the Lord’s name in vain because, I guess, Fox was very worried about angering the religious right."

In addition to Prison Break, Scheuring just completed a movie script about the Yucatan journals of the late actor Steve McQueen. He will also direct an indie film in March.

"If you have some success in Hollywood — if you have any kind of product that sells and connects with an audience — all of a sudden the networks and studios and everybody think, `They must have some magic.’ That’s debatable. But when people are throwing projects at you, you don’t dive out of the way."

As for Prison Break, which will be renamed this summer, Scheuring says he’s already mapping out the third season even though his initial concept was for two years.

"We have found a way, in principle, to have a reinvention in Season 3 with some of the same characters, but a very different milieu and very different tone.

"So it will go on."

[The Star]

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  • ErinMarie79

    Hot. He sure does love those pants. Thanks Jared!

  • first

    FIRST BITCHES!

  • cube

    So cute..i acutally like seeing him wearing those pants haha.

  • Tina

    He is so ridiculously hot!

  • Nikko

    HE IS SO HOTTTTTTT. Thank you Jared. Happy Thursday!

  • Lauren

    He parks his Corolla on the street just like the rest of us. I love it!

  • KittyKat

    Just went I thought it’s going to be another mundane Thursday, here comes Jared to the rescue, you’re awesome! Prison Break season 3??? Woohoo! Hope they’ll be back to Chicago to film. p/s: "Wentworth is like catnip to women…" I say MEOW!

  • ME

    thank you, you didnt let me know with my stinky fix!!..are those pics from today???

  • Meemee

    He is so damn hot its not even funny!

  • Blue

    Looks great as usual!When were these pics taken?

  • Momo

    how do u know he drives a Corolla Lauren?

  • robin

    Thanks for posting some catnip, Jared lol

  • Went Guru

    Momo- Went has mentioned in an interview that he drives a Toyota Corolla. I think Jared even posted pics of it a while back…

  • amy

    Amazingly gorgeous…he deserves to be People’s lone hottest bachelor.

  • lexie

    Hot hot hot!!!!! It says he’s a bit of a loner, thought as much coz he’s alwayz pictured alone. Doesn’t that just wanna make you hold him tight. I feel quite motherly protective towards him. And the strangest thing his family, I appreciate they don’t want to be caught up in the celebville but don’t they even turn up to support him on awards occasions especially now he is single with no girlfriend to bring along! Maybe it’s his choice and he asks them not to?! Either way my heart bleeds to see him alone many a times. Hope he’s just alone and not lonely.

  • Went Love!

    Luv it, Luv it, Luv it,…..i luv how he’s soo casual and relaxed looking all the time…and man must he luv those pants

  • hoosethatgirl

    Thank you Jared. Much appreciated.One thing. Wentworth has stated in interview (he has externalised this,so I feel I can comment) that because of his diverse heritage he feels that no particular group would support him if he were in trouble,and that he found that scary. He will never know that fear again. If he is in trouble, anywhere in the world, he has only to walk out into the street, whistle, and at least one woman would come dashing up " Yes, Wentworth? Cup of tea? Elastoplast? Pint of blood? Just name it, Wentworth!". That pleases me very much. The legion of women will always look out for him. By the way, I could roll up my sleeve and donate: I am O negative, universal donor. Lets hope it never ever comes to that. It would nail me up if the best case in the known universe were damaged.

  • angelina mmm

    nice smile…

  • Jenn

    poor guy’s pockets are always jam-packed.LOL @ "catnip to women"…it’s true.

  • Shannon

    Gah! He’s pretty much the perfect man.

  • caligirl1201

    Thanks for the pics Jared. First TV Guide, then "People" and now JustJared. I will have a full weekend of Went, so I’ll be happy.

  • snow

    I love love love love you!!!!. U always put a smile on my face with Wentworth posts.

  • stelvill

    Wentworth…you’re the air I breath!!!I know I’m gonna get over this someday but for now GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE CAST & CREW & TO THE NEW PROJECT….

  • MelanieJo

    wow he is just gorgeous in these ones! love him in those pants! :P

  • justafan

    Yes, he does drive a corolla but here in the picture, the car is a Lexus

  • whatif

    these pics were taken on june 12.

  • Lara

    I love you as much as him, Jared.

  • Marleen

    those pictures are great. Went looks so hot and sexy. I wish I was with him.

  • Zack

    INEEDMEDICATION…

  • himura_kaoru

    beauty, brains, and mystery….my kind of catnip!

  • wentwhore

    oooh.. finally.. photos of went with his BOYFRIEND!!!

  • Mink

    OMG!!! Went is gay!!!! I have NEVER heard that before! I had NO IDEA!!! *snore*

  • Marleen

    Went is NOT gay! Stop with the gay rumours, because he is not gay!

  • Bree

    See… now… this is exactly why I keep coming here. It’s like a drug man, and you’re my best supplier Jared. I LOVE you!

  • Lauren

    Momo-Click on pic #8 to enlarge it and you’ll see Wentworth is holding car keys and walking to a goldish colored car. The reason I know that this is his car is because Jared posted pictures recently of Wenty getting into this same exact car at the post office and it was a Toyota Corolla.

  • gina

    ı always say… best&hottest man ever..(thats for sure)he looks awesome in these pic.thanks jared u made my day again…:)

  • MissLonely

    Why, hello there Handsome ;) I miss Prison Break sooo much! Look, he’s wearing the necklace! Love ya, Jared!

  • L

    Thanks Jared. I love you almost as much as I love Went, well almost. :)

  • wentISconfused

    3rd row, 3rd photo..it looks like he’s giving.. *ahem*oh yeah… in a recent interview he was asked if he was gay.. and he kept silent and didn’t comment..hmm… what does that mean?

  • Nina

    3rd row, 3rd photo, what? What the hell are you alluding to? Why so people always insist on coming on a thread talking shit with some ridiculous innuendo or rumor? And just what recent interview was this where he kept silent after being asked was he gay? Either give up the link or dispense with the BS. This shit is getting tiresome…

  • KyKY

    Don’t listen to the gay rumors….its always gay people starting those rumors..they want people to be gay with…but hypotheticly speaking if Wentworth were to ever say he was gay..God help the gay community because all hell would break loose…I would attack every homosexual walking down the street. i would be very upset. not that i have a shot with him but it would just ruin fantasies….

  • Rose

    His personal bussiness is his alone. His is dream come true. I love to DREAM about all day. He make the day bit better . Thank his parent for having him. Amen

  • Rebekaha

    HE’S PRIVATE! THE HUMAN LIKES TO BE PRIVATE, ABOUT EVERYTHING. JUST BECAUSE THE BOY CAN DRESS, OR HE CARED NOT TO ANSWER A QUESTION MAKES HIM GAY. SOME OF YOU ARE READING INTO HIS ANSWER A LITTLE TOO MUCH! LEAVE THE GOOD LOOKING KIND OF A DORK ALONE.

  • Sheridan

    Sorry ladies but I think we have a ‘maybe Gaybe’ on our hands. He’s always alone because closet cases in hollywood usually are–until they come out. If this man was straight, are you telling me he would be seen in public so many times without a hottie on his arm? I don’t think so. At the end of the day though, does it really matter? He is just so fun to look at. Geez! God really paid attention the day Wentworth Miller was born.

  • Tara

    These photos are the only thing that will keep me going until Season 2 hits the air , and this sexy man is back on the tv on a regular basis.Chances are I will have already bought the DVD’s for Season 1 by then anyways, because I can not seen to get enough of the fine being.

  • Tara

    These photos are the only thing that will keep me going until Season 2 hits the air , and this sexy man is back on the tv on a regular basis.Chances are that I will have already bought the DVD’s for Season 1 by then anyways, because I can not seen to get enough of this fine being.

  • wentfromheaven

    too bad he’s gay! he’s so hot..cmon ladies we can make him straight!!

  • ainsley

    gee girls…. your all acting like school girls… oh hang on you all probably are. Without a doubt Wentworth is a fine specimen of a man. If he’s gay then that’s a damn shame… but I believe he’s just dedicated to his work at the moment… good on you Wentworth, can’t wait till season 2 starts. PS great site

  • Went’s wife

    Every day a looking for new pictures in this site……where? Jared we need more pictures…but a think he is woorking on prison break and don’t have time for walk aorund the city…….

  • ame

    wentworth sexy miller what is the next programme or film is he going to be in ? he looks gawguss in PRISON BRAKE love yah xo0o0o0o0o0o0o0ox and does he have to be GAY he is to good to be !!!!!!!!!!