Matt McGorry Shuts Down His 'Orange Is the New Black' Haters in Father's Day Instagram Rant
By Alex Ungerman
Please don't get Matt McGorry confused with his Orange Is the New Black character, John Bennett!
After some events from the newest season of Netflix's flagship show (WARNING: This will be spoiler-y from here on out) -- in particular, when the correctional officer played be McGorry skips out on his pregnant prison love Dayanara (Dascha Polanco) -- caused many fans to harass real-life McGorry on his Instagram, the 29-year-old star Instagrammed himself on Father's Day to remind everyone that he's an actor, and not a deadbeat dad.
"Happy Fathers Day to all the real fathers out there," wrote McGorry. "I am an actor and I play the fictional character John Bennett on the fictional television show entitled Orange Is The New Black."
"Here I am with actresses Dascha Polanco and Elizabeth Rodriguez who play make-believe mother-daughter characters named Dayanara and Aleida Diaz on the made up television program with me, he continued. "They are not mother and daugther in real life even though they and we play pretend characters that are sometimes even the opposite of who we are as real live people while not reflecting our real lives because it is not real. Moments before this photograph was taken I was even saying words that were written by another person, all the while pretending that my name was John Bennett and that his thoughts and actions were a result of my own brain!"
OK, OK, he's almost done, but just to make it reeeally clear, McGorry had a little more to say.
"Weirdly, the words coming out of my mouth and the things I did in the story were not created by me at all! To make matters even more confusing, I am even dressed in fictional character John Bennett's costume (a costume is like fictional clothes) in this photograph that was taken on the television set and afterwards I went home to my apartment in New York City where I don't have a child because I'm not a father and have never worked in a prison and TV is not real life," he wrote.
Recently, McGorry talked to ETonline about his character's decision to skip out on Daya after meeting Cesar in a crowded home, using a gun to discipline his children.
"I've had mixed feelings about it. We're sort of breaking the romanticized bubble of Daya and Bennett and actually delving into what is maybe the most realistic portrayal -- something that can express the consequences of a relationship between a guard and inmate," he said.
Bennett's actions in the show actually parallel what happened during his back story, where he jumps out of the way of a grenade, while a fellow soldier jumps on it to save the rest of the troops.
"I think he really does want to be the hero," McGorry said. "But he doesn't quite have it in him. He talks a little too big of a game, and I think he bites off more than he can chew. And then when it comes down to it, he’s intimidated and can’t actually follow through."