Actor Neal McDonough, known for his Catholic faith, faced a challenging period in Hollywood after he was fired and blacklisted for two years due to his refusal to perform a love scene. McDonough’s stand was rooted in his religious values and respect for his wife, Ruvé Robertson, whom he married in 2003 and with whom he has five children.
The incident that led to McDonough’s blacklisting occurred in 2010 during the production of the ABC series “Scoundrels.” He was fired from the show because he declined to participate in love scenes with a co-star. This decision reflected his belief that such scenes were inappropriate and his commitment to reserving physical intimacy for his wife alone.
Following his dismissal, McDonough found it challenging to secure acting roles in Hollywood. Industry insiders perceived him as a religious zealot, which hindered his career opportunities. Despite this setback, McDonough persevered by focusing on faith-based projects. He eventually made a comeback with supporting roles in successful series like the Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone” and FX’s “American Horror Story: Double Feature.”
McDonough’s earlier career highlights include his breakout role in HBO’s “Band of Brothers” and appearances in high-profile films like Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report” and Clint Eastwood’s “Flags of Our Fathers.” His experience underscores the tensions that can arise between personal beliefs and professional demands in the entertainment industry.