Actor McDonough recounts losing movie roles over religious reason


Hollywood actor, Neal McDonough, has said that he lost some movie roles for his religious beliefs. It is a rule for him to reject roles that require sexual scenes. Losing movie roles made him unhappy and he questioned God for being forgotten in the industry.

The actor, who is a Catholic, is notable for his roles in “Desperate Housewives”, “Minority Report”, and “Band of Brothers”.

In an interview with Fox News, he spoke about his relationship with God and how he found it difficult to get roles after his dismissal from the ABC series, Scoundrels, in 2010. The reason for his dismissal was his refusal to act in romantic scenes.

He said, "There was a time when I wasn’t working. I couldn’t get a job because people thought I was this crazy religious guy. But that wasn’t the case. I love my wife, but I love my acting too. I was hopeful that, at some point, someone would give me a chance again."

In his 30-year career, the actor stuck to his policy and he didn’t compromise even while he featured in “Desperate Housewives,” a series with many romantic scenes.

In 2003, he married his wife, RuvĂ©, and it became more imperative for him to stick to his policy. He had some trying times as he didn’t get some movie roles as before. However, he is now grateful for how far he has come.

He continued, "I remember falling to my knees and saying, ‘God, why have you forgotten about me? Why am I being punished so much? 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.”

After his prayer, the actor said that his colleague on “Band of Brothers”, Graham Yostwho, called him and gave him a role in “Justified”.

"And after ‘Justified,’ everything was kind of forgotten. I was determined to give a really great performance and I did,” McDonough said.

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