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Desperate Housewives and Band of Brothers actor Neal McDonough got the ax from ABC's new series Scoundrels for refusing to do love scenes with co-star Virginia Madsen!

McDonough, a devout Catholic and family man, has always said he'll never do sex scenes which is true since he never got it on on-screen with Nicollette Sheridan on Housewives or on NBC's Boomtown.

"It has cost him jobs, but the man is sticking to his principles," says a source.

But is it worth losing $1 million over?!

We guess so since he's already been replaced by actor James Elliott!

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85 comments to “He's In The Wrong Business!”



  1. 1

    I love James Elliott!



  2. 2

    Good for him. I'm a bigger fan of his now.



  3. 3

    OMG!! A man with principles. How disgusting! eeeeewwwwww.



  4. 4

    Good for him. Not everyone is a money-hungry famewhore.



  5. 5

    Damn he fine.



  6. 6

    He's not in the wrong business,
    It's the business he's in, is going to hell

    Good actors dont need to show their ass
    to show they have talant

    Bet this move will boost his career



  7. 7

    Good for him! How refreshing, principles and integrity alive and well in Hollyweird!



  8. 8

    Another example of a crazy Catholic.
    www.thethrifters.net



  9. 9

    DON'T STOP REDAING OR SUMTHIN BAD WILL HAPPENTHIS GIRL'S NAME IS SUMMER SHE'S 15 YEARS OLD & has BLONDE HAIR ,MANY SCARS no NOSE OR EARS.. SHE IS DEAD. IF U DONT COPY THIS JUST LIKE FROM THE RING, COPY N POST THIS ON 5 MORE SITES.. OR.. SUMMER WILL APPEAR ONE DARK QUIET NIGHT WHEN UR NOT ExPECTING IT BY YOUR BED WITH A… KNIFE AND KILL U. THIS IS NO JOKE SOMETHING GOOD WILL HAPPEN TO U IF YOU POST THIS ON 5 MORE PAGES



  10. 10

    Good for him but it's not like they are really having sex? This is not even a movie; it's a network TV show. How much skin are they really going to show? I think he is over-reacting, but it's his choice.



  11. 11

    I don't get it. He won't do love scenes because he's a devout catholic but has no problem doing murder scenes?



  12. 12

    A devout Catholic? Is he in to raping young boys?

    And if he is so prissy and prudish, why was he on Desperate Housewives in the first place?

  13. dbug says – reply to this


    13

    he wont do a love scene, but will play a killer. nice.



  14. 14

    How can anyone claim to have any morality and belong to the Roman Catholic Church, an institution of evil and child abuse?



  15. 15

    There aren't many men with principles. I applaud him for standing by them, and he should be respected. They knew his principles when they hired him, so who's at fault?



  16. 16

    good for him!

    It's definitely hard to keep your integrity in check when working in Sluttywood…

    props props props



  17. 17

    Nice to see someone take a stand for what he believes in.

  18. YUCK says – reply to this


    18

    Good for him, the world needs more people who are willing to stand up for what they believe in. even if some of us agree with it or not. if you are a slave to money all you are is a slave.



  19. 19

    Why would he be in the wrong business? He has had a good and long career. Was he really getting paid $1 million to be in that show? You would think that he would have those details worked out before he joins a show. But I would think that one of the benefits of being in that business is to get it on with hot woman.

  20. YUCK says – reply to this


    20

    btw I was once driving on to the 10 fwy in LA and to my surprise this guy was in the lane next to me and waved. my bf and I couldnt believe it, since we had just seen him on desperate housewives the previous night.



  21. 21

    he has to find a show about pedophiles!



  22. 22

    Oh sure….he can play a serial killer who stabs, strangles and kills people, even threatens small children with death in a primetime abc, hit tv show. But…*gasp* pretend (emphasis on the word PRETEND…not show it) to have sex as a mature adult character would? No..Christ wouldn't approve of THAT! He would, however, approve of him pretending to kill adults and children. Hmmm….publicity stunt or simple self-righteousness?



  23. 23

    Re: JuneGordon
    Your comment is disgusting and completely ignorant. How dare you condemn an entire religion and group of devout Catholics for the transgressions of others? What some priests and bishops have done is disgusting and evil, but don't judge the entire religion.



  24. 24

    To all those commenting 'oh he won't do this but he'll do that' I'd put my whole paycheck on the fact that he's got more personal conviciton than all of you idiots combined. Go get a life and work on your own pathetic selves before you try to tear down one of very very few people in hollywhood who actually stands up for what they believe in!



  25. 25

    He's a decent kind man. Can't fault him for having values and morals in Hollyweird. Good for him. Love him.

  26. chiro says – reply to this


    26

    Pleaseeeeeeeeee, gimme a break! Catholics are some of the biggest hipocrites, look at Mel Gibson!



  27. 27

    Re: JuneGordon – Get off your high horse. The entire institution is evil? Really? Millions of people? If you teach at a school where a teacher turns out to have had sexual relations with students, is the entire school 'evil'? If you're a cub scout and your akela can't keep his hands to himself is the entire organisation 'evil'? Happens all the time. Always have, always will.



  28. 28

    SO REFRESHING, I LIKE HIM AS AN ACTOR SUPER NICE GUY



  29. 29

    You could never understand this man because you have no principles, Perez.



  30. 30

    by the way: Watch TIN MAN! Women, you will thank me. ;D



  31. 31

    Re: Moogle80
    thanks



  32. 32

    Re: chiro – you do know there are more than a billion followers, right? Mel Gibson doesn't represent a billion people.



  33. 33

    Good for him for sticking to his morals! Good t.v. doesn't have to involve love scenes!



  34. 34

    WOW there are still a man with principles in Hollyweird?!…I'm impressed!
    The wife should be proud of her husband…he is part of the most respectable actor (God know that there isn't still much)



  35. 35

    shut up perez. it's great to see actors with the right morals. and yes, he clearly believes trust in God and the ability to go to Heaven and live in eternity with Jesus is worth way more than 1 million dollars. FAIL perez.



  36. 36

    Maybe it's the fact that he doesn't want to be kissing all over someone that's not his wife. In love scenes, you are really kissing. I'm trying to recall, did he kiss Nicollete in Desperate Housewives? I don't remember. I do remember hearing somewhere that when Kirk Cameron did that Fireproof movie, he did not want to kiss the actress who was playing his wife because he saw that as being untrue to his wife. They ended up putting his wife in a wig that matched the actress' hair and shot the kissing scene from behind her head. Just a thought on this….. I do think it's nice to see an actor willing to stick to their principles when you see so many that don't.



  37. 37

    That makes me admire him greatly. A man of principles? In Hollywood? Amazing!



  38. 38

    Re: Roccomagoo – Yes, some of the Nazis were evil, but its not fair to judge the whole "Nazi" thing based on what thousands of them did.

    Of course, since your nasty old Pope was a Hitler Youth, this goes double for him!

    If you are a Catholic, you are supporting the largest organized pedophilia ring in history. Shame on your for remaining and shame on your for making excuses for an institution that has long history of wickedness.



  39. 39

    Re: Roccomagoo – You're welcome :) We were probably typing at the same time.



  40. 40

    Re: Moogle80 – Excellent points, couldn't agree more.



  41. 41

    Good for him. Hey, I've got kids, and I wouldn't want them to see me dry-humping someone on TV either.



  42. 42

    I love the fact that a pack of sleazy gossips who read Perez Hilton enjoy the misapprehension that they can appreciate morality, and with great self-satisfaction pat this hypocrite on the back. How droll.



  43. 43

    religious = brainwashed



  44. 44

    Good for him!
    I definitely like him now!



  45. 45

    Re: Wehogirl – I don't mean to single you out, cause there are a few other posters stating the same weak argument (and I'm paraphrasing here) "what a hypocrite, he has no problem pretending to murder people but he has a problem with love scenes". When filming a love scene, there is actual physical kissing and fondling going on, plus there have been more than a few occasions where "playing pretend" has led to real life hook ups, i.e. Brangelina. His catholic principals tell him that physically being with another women is wrong. The same principals that would stop him from actually killing someone if instructed to. I'm sure he would have no problem if they shot the love scene in a way that it was "implied they had sex" like them walking into a bedroom and closing the door.



  46. 46

    Re: Wehogirl

    well said!



  47. 47

    THIS MAN SCARES THE HELL OUTTA ME ANYWAY!!!



  48. 48

    This is just a blatant outright lie. The man has played gay characters, for Chrissakes. Why would he be willing to pay gay and yet not be willing to do a love scene in TV show? Get real.



  49. 49

    Gotta respect a man who respects his own body and more importantly HIS WIFE and CHILDREN. I know it can be harsh out there and it took a while for him to break out as a celeb but in the end it will be worth it. If some other big shot were to say no they wouldve fixed this stuff up for him. You dont need GRAPHIC love scenes to convey that characters have had sex, those creators need to get their heads out of their asses.



  50. 50

    Re: mlj1981 – Oh ya, one more thing, he was fucking awesome in Band of Brothers.

  51. b2013 says – reply to this


    51

    Good for him! Finally someone with some backbone who stands up for their morals.



  52. 52

    -
    He was great in 'Band of Brothers'. Cut in the mold of great actors like McQueen and Mitchum, a man's man. They need more actors like this, the hipster pretty boy shit is tired.
    -



  53. 53

    Neal is a devout Catholic, but this is more of a personal thing for him. His wife has stated that she wouldn't be bothered by any love scenes he would do; it's his choice. That's makes him a great man. Neal is a good guy, and is not hypocritical. Him and his wife are an advocate for marriage equality too. So really, this doesn't have much to do with his religious beliefs.



  54. 54

    What a freakin hypocrite!!! He'll not do love scenes, but he'll play a psychotic murderer on DH??? He probably won't do the love scenes with women, but like any good Catholic would do a love scene with a child.



  55. 55

    Re: dbug – good one!



  56. 56

    I"M WITH YOU NEAL!! FUCK HOLLYWOOD, YOU'RE DOING GOOD AT KEEPING WHAT NO ONE IN HOLLYWOOD KEEPS TO THEMSELVES…THEIR SEX LIFE!! DON'T LET HOLLYWOOD TAKE WHAT YOU SHARE IN YOUR BEDROOM, DON"T THINK OF SELLING IT, YOUR PRIVACY IS EVERYTHING!!



  57. 57

    Good for him! He has standards and boundaries and I don't see anything wrong with that. He is willing to lose work if that work requires him to do something, on film for everyone to see, that he feels does not live up to his standards, nor what he and his family is willing to live with. Just because most actors are willing to do whatever they are asked to do in front of a camera, for the world to see, all in the name of art (yeah, right, all in the name of money is more like it) doesn't mean anything. This guy has boundaries that are more important to him than a paycheck, because breaking those boundaries has a bad effect on his family and the things he believes in. At the end of his life, the studios he worked for, the audience that saw him, and all the directors and producers he worked with are not going to be at his side. His family will be there, grateful for his integrity and the legacy he left them.



  58. 58

    Bitch, please. I'm tired of these religious hypocrites becoming actors. "Oh, I have my morals", blah, blah, blah. They don't mind making the triple digit cash, though, do they! Plus, he played a murderer and a woman-beater on Desperate Housewives. That wasn't against his messed-up religious views? Go away and don't come back. If your religion is more important than your job in HOLLYWOOD - stay home and pray.



  59. 59

    I'm sure he didn't say he's not gonna do it because of religion. Perez just put that in there as his opinion for him (Neal) not doing it. He's played bad guys before. Use your common sense people. Maybe its a promise he made to his wife. Maybe he cheated in the past and vowed no to get to close to a co star again. Obviously playing a married man making love to his wife is not worse than playing a murderer.



  60. 60

    Huh. Impressive. I've always liked him, but, he's suddenly more interesting. I wonder how he stacks up against the other commandments.

    Though, I adore James Elliott, too.



  61. 61

    And let's stop this bullshit that there are a billion Catholics in the world. I had the misfortune of being born into a Catholic family, and was baptized against my will.
    For the rest of my life, the Catholic church will count me as being such. I've been an atheist since 14. I have nothing but contempt for this institution. There are millions of others like me.
    The empty pews should tell you how many Catholics there really are . . . . the assholes!



  62. 62

    re: jeremyandkristy #24, Better get a second job. He's a dope, you're a dope.
    It's called acting. If his morality has a problem with ACTING like he's having sexy times, wouldn't it stand to reason that his morality would have a problem with other (against the 10 Commandments) KILLING, while Acting? Personally, I think killing's worse. What say you? Yes…? no…? Kind of?



  63. 63

    Canuckfuck #58 Thank you. It's called ACTING. What the hell (heehee) is wrong with many of you? I agree that there does not always need to be gratuitous sex OR VIOLENCE HELLO? But, as an ACTOR when I read the script, I make my decision. If I don't like the flavor of the show, then I go to a different show or network. I don't HIJACK the show in the middle of a scene and call a foul. He won't be working long, unless it's with Cameron.



  64. 64

    This guy is an idiot. I'm sorry, but when you go into this industry you are going to be faced with having to do things you don't like, but that is all part of the ball game… I'm not saying he shouldn't have principles, but he's in the wrong industry… Plus, he has no problem killing people on screen but can't have fake sex…. Sounds so typical….



  65. 65

    Good for him. Standing BY HIS OWN convictions and morals. Poor Mario can't understand. Shocked…not. Something tells me Mario would do anything for 20 bucks.



  66. 66

    Re: JuneGordon – ummm, you have left more comments than anyone turd with stupid comments, but that's the cool thing about free speech. We get to be amused by weirdo's like you :)



  67. 67

    WRONG BUSINESS? WELL PEREZ OBVIOULSY THE STUDIO HEADS HAD U PUT THIS SHIT OUT TO TORTURE THE GUY! THIS DUDE IS DOIN THE RIGHT THING AND GUESS WHAT… HE KNOWS IT. NOW IF MORE MEN HAD THE BALLS AND STRENGTH TO SEE LIFE AND REALITY AS HIM (IF THIS IS AT ALL TRUE), THEN U KNOW WHAT? THE WORLD WOULD BE A MUCH BETTER PLACE WITH LESS PEOPLE SUFFERING. SO U KNOW WHAT PEREZ, U AND THE STUDIO HEADS CAN ALL SUCK IT SLUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  68. 68

    good for him! thats called principles, something most actors do not have anymore. we should all be proud of this guy



  69. 69

    Re: JuneGordon – For every paedophile priest in the church theres 50 good priests who's reputations have been tarnished by the bad priests. I think you should get your facts right before you say anything. You also don't realize that half the things you are saying just make you look completely ignorant



  70. 70

    Re: JuneGordon
    So you are comparing Catholics to Nazis? You are sick. I can't believe people like you exist in this country.



  71. 71

    Now that's a shock! An actor who WANTS to be faithful to their spouse. I applaud him and hope that more celebs get some morals.



  72. 72

    Whats funny about him is that, he wont do a highly censored love scene cause of his beliefs but in the movie Street Fighter he beat up a woman to a bloody death. So he is against on screen sex but hitting a woman is ok? Seems alittle hypocritical to me but that is the christian way!



  73. 73

    Maybe he can get a job on the Disney Channel, or DIY network. I agree w/other posters who've said, in effect, if you won't do love scenes, he shouldn't do murder scenes, any lying, stealing, swearing, etc. Guess he could always play the good guy. On the other hand, if he would DO a scene, he shouldn't be in the production at all. Fuck him. He can put on tights and run around with Willie Ames.



  74. 74

    That's his decision. Perhaps he should only go after detective type roles where there are no love interests or possibility of love scenes.



  75. 75

    Wow, that is amazing. While I don't agree with his religion, its his right to practice whatever he wants, and 10 pts. to him to sticking to his guns.



  76. 76

    Well at least somebody has some morals left. Kudos! I knew I liked him for some reason.



  77. 77

    You gotta admire a man with principles…too few have any these days.I think he's a good actor and not bad on the eyes either.don't really need to see him naked ,I have an imagination.



  78. 78

    Finally! It's refreshing to hear that someone is standing up for themselves in Hollywood and not giving in to film unnecessary 'love' scenes. I am definitely a fan.



  79. 79

    He's not in the wrong business. I admire him.



  80. 80

    Re: Canuckfuck – you could learn alot from decent people like him dumbfuck; that should be your name instead.



  81. 81

    Good for him… But I wouldda loved to have seen him and virginia get it on… SEXY!!



  82. 82

    I'm shocked that only one or two people have pointed out the absurdity of the murder/sex hypocrisy argument… on-screen murder is 100% fake (acting, if you will), whereas on-screen sex involves actual touching, kissing, etc. Totally different situations.

  83. @v@ says – reply to this


    83

    Maybe he loves and respects his wife, and he equates this (for himself, anyway) with how he wants his marriage to be. ('Unsullied' might be the word).



  84. 84

    Re: JuneGordon – Where do you get your information?! You will find rotten apples in every type of organisation, the bigger the organisation, the more you will find. These people do not represent the more than a billion Catholics in the world. What do you believe or support? You'll probably find some dirt in there as well.



  85. 85

    Re: TP Kirkland – Uhmm.. you only count if you're registered. If you've left the church, you're not part of the billion you're talking about.