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Prison Break's Dominic Purcell calls Vancouver a gulag

Actor also takes issue with city's rain, homelessness problems

Posted: May 05, 2016

Dominic Purcell, who plays death row inmate Lincoln Burrows on Fox's "Prison Break," has called Vancouver a gulag. (AP)

Never mind the monikers of a world class city; Prison Break actor Dominic Purcell says Vancouver is a gulag.

Purcell posted a rant to Instagram in which he complained about the city's weather, saying it has a "leaking cloud problem." He's been in Vancouver shooting for the Prison Break reboot and Legends of Tomorrow.

"Been here now getting on a #year not a sunny day in sight," he said. "I think I've seen four days of nice weather."


Purcell isn't the first actor who doesn't like the temperate rainforest weather we have on the 'Wet Coast.'

During its early seasons, the X-Files was filmed in Vancouver, but moved its production to Los Angeles because lead actor David Duchovny reportedly didn't like the city's climate.

According to published reports, he once said Vancouver was OK — if you liked 400 inches of rainfall a day.

But April was the driest in Vancouver in 12 years...

Even though we Vancouverites all complain about the rain ad nauseum, Purcell might be interested to know that this April was the driest in the city since 2004. On average, Vancouver receives 88.1 millimetres of rain during the month of April, but this year, that number was only 24.2 millimetres.

He's also fed up with the city's obsession with the great outdoors. 

"Stop telling me to go on hikes get on a bike and ride around a lake or swim in its frigid waters oh and #whistler enough!!! I'm here to work."

On Downtown Eastside

Purcell also called out politicians for turning "a blind eye too the mentally ill and homeless."

"I've been around the world many times and have not seen so many displaced mentally ill people take up entire blocks and turn it into a place of disturbing sadness and horror," he posted on Instagram. "Be sure to check out Hastings street — not so pretty. It's where you get to see a very, very real part of Vancouver."

His comments didn't go down well with some on Instagram, but were liked by many others. 

"What kind of guy takes a job in a temperate rainforest and then complains about the weather?" said eastvan_guy. As for the homelessness problem, there is no easy answer, but what have you done about it since you arrived? Posting a grumpy selfie along with an ill-informed rant won't make much of a difference. 

"You must be in the wrong Vancouver because we have amazing weather right now. I thought you were a great actor but after this I'm not too sure. Don't like it, then leave. We don't want you here," wrote s_hutch.

"Thanks for raising concern and sounding off though. Celebs usually shy away from this because it taints the status and gets unpopularity votes when talking from "up-high"," said rooftop.panic.