Neal McDonough has been in the acting business for a long time, but his path hasn't always been easy, mostly because he refuses to do sex scenes or even make out with another actress onscreen. Recently, he talked about the time he was fired from the show Scoundrals for not wanting to do a sex scene, as well as how his career has been affected in general by not agreeing to onscreen kisses.
A lot of people know Neal McDonough from his work on Justified, playing the highly unromantic Robert Quarles, an antagonist in the third season of the FX series. He only got the gig after years of combatting the idea that some people in Hollywood thought of him as, well, too religious for Hollywood.
Yes, Neal McDonough says that faith is a big part of his life. In addition, however, he also just has a lot of respect for his wife Ruvé Robertson and says he doesn't want any playacting at lovemaking due to his his respect for her.
This has come up multiple times for Neal McDonough throughout his career. It nearly cost him a gig on Desperate Housewives in the early 2000s, but he told Closer that producer Marc Cherry ended up being understanding, noting,
Neal McDonough's Desperate Housewives role occurred during 2008 and 2009 and the actor ended up being on 24 episodes of the series in full. After a few tough years, the role in Justified came around in 2012.
Then Neal McDonough went on a bit of a tear, taking a bunch of short guest stints, but then also taking larger TV gigs in Mob City, Public Morals, To Appomattox, Suits, and of course Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow.
In 2019, you'll be able to see him in The Jesuit, Sonic the Hedgehog on the big screen and in Project Blue Book on TV.
Just don't expect him to change his mine and try a sex scene for kicks anytime soon.
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