Hollywood has long been an industry that has pushed the envelope on morality. That’s why it’s difficult for people who are dedicated to their faith to be movie stars without compromising their morals.
One famous actor has stuck to what he believes to be right as a married man, despite it costing him a much-desired role and threatening to tank his career.
Neal McDonough is easily recognizable for his roles in “Band of Brothers, “Minority Report,” “Flags of Our Fathers,” and “Justified.” But there is one role the 52-year-old married man refuses to do: making out with a woman who is not his wife on screen, according to Closer Weekly.
A devout Catholic, McDonough says, “I won’t kiss any other woman because these lips are meant for one woman.”
He had almost given up on his acting career before famed director Steven Spielberg approached him to play one of the star roles in the hit 2001 HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers.” That role ended up being key to his future success in Hollywood. It also led him to his wife.
He met model Ruvé Robertson on his first night of shooting “Band of Brothers” in England. The married couple now has five kids.
“To have her as my partner in everything, I’m just the most blessed guy I know,” he told Closer. “That’s why I go to church every day and say thank you to God for everything he’s given me. And most importantly, thank you for giving me Ruvé, because without her, I most certainly would not be talking with you right now.”
McDonough managed to secure a role in “Desperate Housewives” in spite of his no love scenes and no kissing policy. The creator of the show was reluctant to oblige at first but acknowledged that doing so would force him to be a better writer.
Things didn’t always work out that way for the actor, though. He was refused a role in the 2010 primetime show “Scoundrels.”
“It was a horrible situation for me,” McDonough explained. “After that, I couldn’t get a job because everybody thought I was this religious zealot. I am very religious.”
“I put God and family first, and me second. That’s what I live by.”
“It was hard for a few years,” he recalled. “Then [‘Band of Brothers’ producer] Graham Yost called me and said, ‘Hey, I want you to be the bad guy on “Justified.”’’ I knew that was my shot back at the title.”
“I think my acting got so much better [after that] because I really appreciated it,” he added. “I took a shot on the chin, but I was not going to lose the fight. And it worked. My career has been phenomenal ever since.”