Recently, actor Neal McDonough elaborated in an interview on how he rejected the non-religious and liberal Hollywood crowd who tried to dismiss him on the basis of his strong Christian beliefs.
McDonough is pretty famous for playing negative roles and for being a part of hits like HBO’s World War II drama “Band of Brothers” and “Yellowstone”, among several other shows.
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He declared that receiving a ban for being a religious person guided him to start his own production company with his wife.
McDonough noted that he was essentially blacklisted in Hollywood in 2010, leading him to lose “basically everything” after being fired from ABC’s “Scoundrels” TV show for refusing to go against his faith and do certain kinds of scenes that involved sexual acts. The actor went on to say that it was his faith that kept him going through that rough period in his life.
“I remember falling to my knees and saying, ‘God, why have you forgotten about me? Why am I being punished so much?’” He recalled. “And as soon as those words came out of my mouth, I realized what self-absorbed questions those were.”
“God has given me so much. We all experience challenges in our lives. I should be grateful – and thankful – for all the blessings I’m given,” he said, noting that he loves his “wife more than I love my profession”. He believes that love and sex scenes are insulting to his wife and religious beliefs.
“I won’t mention the Lord’s name in vain, and then I won’t kiss another woman,” McDonough told Fox News in January 2020. “Sex scenes aren’t in it for me. And I think, gosh, there are enough sex scenes out there, and me being in my fifties, I’m not sure if anyone wants to see me doing that stuff anyway, but it’s a comfort level. I’m not very comfortable doing that.”
Bounding Into Comics added:
McDonough also revealed the reason why he enjoys the negative roles, as he likes playing characters out of his comfort zone. He takes these characters as a challenge for himself to polish his own acting skills.
“And I guess that’s probably why I play so many villainous characters, because I love acting, and I’m really good at it,” the devout Catholic said. “It’s a God-given talent, so for me to have a career, I have to figure out creatively and smartly and wisely how I can keep doing what I do.”
“It’s hard because I’ve done so many different characters and done so many things, and in some of them, I play horrible villains in a lot of the things that I do, and I won’t do kissing scenes, so I have to be the best villain out there,” he added in an interview with the Christian Post.
A report also highlighted that McDonough and his wife, have five children together. Adding on, he also stated that he always finds kissing his co-stars very unpleasant “because these lips are meant for one woman.”
“But now, Ruve and I are producing our own films. All of our projects have a faith backdrop to it,” he told the outlet. And while all of the content won’t be overly Christian, it will nevertheless be “faith-friendly in so much that we want to reach out to people who aren’t just Christians.”
Hollywood has always promoted the idea of acceptance and freedom of speech. However, if a conservative personality tries to exercise these rights, the Hollywood crowd gets all ferocious while trying to cancel and dismiss that person.