.- Neal McDonough, a devout Catholic family man known to the American public as one of the characters from âBand of Brothersâ and the bad guy on âDesperate Housewives,â has been suddenly replaced three days into the filming of ABC's new series, âScoundrelsâ 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 âcasting change,â several Hollywood sources claim that McDonough was sacked because of his refusal to do âheated love scenesâ with actress Virginia Madsen.
McDonoughâs position is well-known in the industry. He previously refused to do sex scenes with Nicolette Sheridan on ABCâs âDesperate Housewivesâ when he played her villain husband during the show's fifth season.
He also did not do love scenes in his previous roles in NBCâs âBoomtownâ and âMedical Investigation.â
âIt has cost him jobs, but the man is sticking to his principles,â wrote Nikki Finke of âDeadline Hollywood,â quoting an unknown source.
âYou 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,â Finke also wrote.
McDonough, the son of devout Catholic Irish immigrants, has made many television and film appearances, including âBand of Brothers,â âStar Trek: First Contact,â âMinority Report,â âThe Hitcher,â âFlags of Our Fathers,â âI Know Who Killed Me,â and âForever Strong.â
McDonough is married to RuvÃ© Robertson, with whom he has three young children: Morgan Patrick, Catherine Maggie and London Jane.