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 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.
I was [surprised], and it was a horrible situation for me. 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. Then [ producer] Graham Yost called me and said, ‘Hey, I want you to be the bad guy on . I knew that was my shot back at the title.
A lot of people know Neal McDonough from his work on , 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 in the early 2000s, but he told Closer that producer Marc Cherry ended up being understanding, noting,
When [creator] Marc Cherry signed me, I said, ‘I’m sure you know, but I won’t kiss anybody.’ He was like, ‘But this is !’ I said, ‘I know.’ He paused for about five seconds and said, ‘All right, I’m just going to have to write better.’ And we had a great time.
Neal McDonough’s 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 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 , , , , and of course and .
In 2019, you’ll be able to see him in , on the big screen and in on TV.
Just don’t expect him to change his mine and try a sex scene for kicks anytime soon.