Los Angeles, Calif., Apr 5, 2010 / 19:14 pm
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."