Hollywood Actor Blacklisted For Not Doing Sex Scenes Stands By His Christian Values
This Hollywood actor sacrificed his livelihood to keep his Christian values.
Actor Neal McDonough, who is famous for “Band of Brothers,” “Minority Report” and “Desperate Housewives,” is also a devout Catholic Christian. He is now stepping forward and saying that he was blacklisted in Hollywood for a number of years because he refused to perform sex scenes. He gave an interview on standing by his Christian principles and convictions. He said it cost him his job on ABC’s “Scoundrels” series in 2010.
The interview was with Closer Weekly. “It was a horrible situation for me,” said McDonough who then explained how he was fired for refusing to perform sex scenes with co-star Virginia Madsen. “After that, I couldn’t get a job because everybody thought I was this religious zealot. I am very religious. I put God and family first, and me second. That’s what I live by. It was hard for a few years.” He did it anyway.
For the majority of Boston-native McDonough’s 30-year career, he has had a no sex scenes policy. Not even a show such as “Desperate Housewives,” a highly sexualized series, made him compromise his rule. He stood by his principles. “When Marc Cherry signed me, I said, ‘I’m sure you know, but I won’t kiss anybody,’” McDonough told the “Desperate Housewives” creator. “He was like, ‘But this is ‘Desperate Housewives!’’ I said, ‘I know.’ He paused for about five seconds and said, ‘All right, I’m just going to have to write better.’ And we had a great time.’”
McDonough has been married to his wife, South African model Ruvé Robertson, for sixteen years. They have five children. He is dedicated to his wife and will not even kiss his co-stars “because these lips are meant for one woman.”
Even though his Christian values got him booted from “Scoundrels” in 2010, McDonough does not regret his decision in the least. He said his career “has been phenomenal ever since.” I like this guy more and more.
“Almost 20 years, five kids and just one heck of an awesome life later, to have her as my partner in everything, I’m just the most blessed guy I know,” the 57-year-old stated. “That’s why I go to church every day and say ‘thank you’ to God for everything He’s given me. And most importantly, thank you for giving me Ruvé, because, without her, I most certainly would not be talking with you right now.”
McDonough is not unique. He’s not the only actor to be shunned in Hollywood for his religious and political beliefs. It happens more than you know. Just ask 30-year TV and film star Antonio Sabato Jr. who also found himself blacklisted in Hollywood because of both his faith and his politics.
“They don’t want to say Jesus; they don’t even want to mention His name. It’s a shame! They need Jesus. I think Jesus needs to be more relevant to everyone in Hollywood,” said Sabato. He also said he was shunned for being conservative and for supporting President Trump. “… if you talk about this president or being a conservative, you’ll be blacklisted. I was completely blacklisted from Hollywood.” And he’s part of a long list.
Good for McDonough. It’s refreshing to see a talented actor take a stand like this. He’s not only a Christian but a great husband and father. Hollywood could learn a lot from a man like him.
Source: The Christian Post