Neal McDonough was fired for refusing to do a sex scene.
Best known for his work on Flags of Our Fathers and Desperate Housewives, Neal McDonough is now starring in the new History Channel show Project Blue Book. Years ago, however, he paid a professional price for refusing to compromise on his faith.
In an interview with Closer Weekly, McDonough details how, back in 2010, three days into filming the ABC series Scoundrels he was kicked off the program for refusing to do a love scene with Virginia Madsen.
"I won’t kiss any other woman because these lips are meant for one woman."
And that "one woman" is his wife of nearly 20 years, model Ruve Robertson, who is also the mother of his five children. McDonough had a rough patch after that firing: anti-Christian bigotry cost him work because he was viewed by many in Hollywood as a "religious zealot." But being a devout Catholic, he continued to trust in the Lord and his faithfulness was rewarded.
"I put God and family first, and me second. That’s what I live by. It was hard for a few years. Then [Band of Brothers producer] Graham Yost called me and said, “Hey, I want you to be the bad guy on Justified."
If you'd like to catch McDonough in his latest role - Air Force General James Harding on the UFO show Project Blue Book - you can do so Tuesdays at 10 PM Eastern/9 Central on the History Channel.