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'Desperate Housewives' Actor Neal McDonough Turns 'Vigilante Priest'

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 13th 2010 11:20AM
Neal McDonoughNeal McDonough, who was reportedly fired from ABC's 'Scoundrels' for refusing to film sex scenes because of his religious beliefs, has found a new role in 'Vigilante Priest' on Starz.

According to Deadline Hollywood, McDonough, of 'Desperate Housewives' and 'Band of Brothers' fame, was sacked from ABC's summer series 'Scoundrels' for his refusal to act out sex scenes. Now, the Catholic actor is taking his religious beliefs to Starz for 'Vigilante Priest,' a series he co-created with 'Law and Order' veteran Walon Green.

McDonough will play, well, a vigilante priest -- a former police officer-turned-man of the cloth who takes law enforcement into his own hands.

On past shows such as 'Boomtown' and 'Desperate Housewives,' McDonough has not acted in sex scenes. When he signed on for 'Scoundrels,' ABC reportedly knew of his beliefs.

McDonough will also serve as an executive producer on the new series, along with Green and John Avnet. The actor is currently filming Marvel's 'Captain America' flick in London.

Tell us: Do you applaud Neal McDonough for standing by his beliefs?

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There is a real and fundamental distinction between pretending to be a crazed drug dealer and actually being one, pretending to be a crazed killer and actually being one, in the former they will use baking soda as a prop whereas in the later it is for real, they will use ketchup for blood whereas in the later it is real blood. This distinction breaks down with sex scenes. There is no fundamental distinction between performing a sexual act on screen or when performing a sexual act off screen, it is still a sexual act with both having the same moral content, namely this person is not my wife and I will not give her my body because I am committed singularly to my wife or future wife in this way. Would you mock him if he was asked to actually murder someone on screen to make it "look" more real and he said "No" because it against my faith? Of course not. Your accusation of him being a hypocrite does not hold up in light of this since a hypocrite is one who does not know the difference between what is real and not real and so they pretend to be someone or something they are not. Neal is willing to be real enough to NOT pretend with his faith. Far from being a hypocrite, he is just being real. If you cannot see that, then one wonders if you know the difference, and if you don't, then the classical definition of hypocrite would apply to you. You may want to actually reconsider your nomenclature and your lack of clarity.

August 16 2010 at 9:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Sorry, but there is also a fundamental distinction between PRETENDING to have sex and having sex.

August 17 2010 at 9:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Maddy Fox

Jon Avnet to direct? Oh, hell...

August 13 2010 at 5:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

How is it he had no problem playing a crazed murderer on Desperate Housewives, but to do a sex scene would just be too much?? what a stupid fucking hypocrite

August 13 2010 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chas Winterbottom

This is the dude that recently flipped out on the airplane, right? He's going to be on Desperate Housewives? Looks like somebody was upgraded to first clase!

August 13 2010 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What a hypocrite. He didn't seem to have a problem playing a drug dealer in Walking Tall with the "Rock". A drug dealer who tries to kill his childhood friend.

August 13 2010 at 1:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is he going to say "vaya con dios" before shooting a thug?

If not, then no deal. And he can't say it in English, either.

August 13 2010 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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