Catholic actor booted from ABC show for refusing sex scenes

.- Neal McDonough, a devout Catholic family man known to the American public as one of the characters from “Band of Brothers” and the bad guy on “Desperate Housewives,” has been suddenly replaced three days into the filming of ABC's new series, “Scoundrels” last week, apparently for reasons of faith and principles.

Although McDonough's sudden replacement with David James Elliott was officially explained by ABC as a “casting change,” several Hollywood sources claim that McDonough was sacked because of his refusal to do “heated love scenes” with actress Virginia Madsen.

McDonough’s position is well-known in the industry.  He previously refused to do sex scenes with Nicolette Sheridan on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” when he played her villain husband during the show's fifth season.

He also did not do love scenes in his previous roles in NBC’s “Boomtown” and “Medical Investigation.”

“It has cost him jobs, but the man is sticking to his principles,” wrote Nikki Finke of “Deadline Hollywood,” quoting an unknown source.

“You can't help but admire McDonough for sticking to his beliefs, even if he's poised to lose as much as $1 million in paydays for Scoundrels,” Finke also wrote.

McDonough, the son of devout Catholic Irish immigrants, has made many television and film appearances, including “Band of Brothers,” “Star Trek: First Contact,” “Minority Report,”  “The Hitcher,” “Flags of Our Fathers,” “I Know Who Killed Me,” and “Forever Strong.”

McDonough is married to Ruvé Robertson, with whom he has three young children: Morgan Patrick, Catherine Maggie and London Jane.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:24-30


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Jer 7: 1-11
Gospel:: Mt 13: 24-30

Saint of the Day

Blessed William Ward »


Homily of the Day

Mt 13:24-30


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: