Veteran actor Neal McDonough was reportedly fired from a starring role in the upcoming series “Scoundrels” for having refused to portray simulated sex on the screen. According to various media sources, McDonough cited his Catholic morality and his reputation as a married family man for having refused to be filmed canoodling with co-star Virginia Madsen. McDonough reportedly had to forego a fee of $1 million because of his convictions. He has been replaced by actor David James Ellicot.

Filming for the “Scoundrels” had already begun. McDonough also reportedly refused to film passionate kissing with his co-star Virginia Madsen. He had played a deranged husband opposite actress Nicole Sheridan in the “Desperate Housewives” series but was known to have refused filming passionate love scenes or sex.

The 44-year-old McDonough has had a long career in film and television, having portrayed a prime role in the “Band of Brothers” series about the Second World War, as well as in films such as “Star Trek: First Contact” and “Minority Report.”

McDonough hometown is Barnstable, Massachusetts, and is the child of Irish immigrants who operated a motel. He is married to Ruve Robertson with whom he has three children. A graduate of Syracuse University, he also trained at the London Academy of Music and Drama.


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