While Neal McDonough traveled through Hollywood, he did not give up one thing – his faith in God.
In 2010 the former Desperate Housewives the star claimed he was fired three days after filming the ABC series Scoundrels because he wouldn’t settle for on-screen s*x scenes.
Although the show only lasted one season, the 56-year-old actor said he was blacklisted by the industry.
When McDonough struggled, he always felt that God had a better plan for him. After facing “a few rough years” looking for a job, screenwriter Graham Yost called him and asked him to star in grounded.
Since then, McDonough has never stopped pursuing his love of acting.
Over the years, McDonough remained true to his deep devotion to God. He is always ready to take on a project dedicated to family traditions.
Now he tells O Holy Night: Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir. The television special has been the #1 primetime holiday program on PBS for 17 years since it first aired in 2004.
“I think at a very young age I was blessed with a strong relationship with God,” McDonough told Fox News Digital. “And that was paramount in my life, as everyone knows. Look, we all make mistakes. We are all imperfect, we are all human. And at the same time, that’s what makes us beautiful.”
“And you know, especially in the films that (my wife) Ruwe and I have been making and… producing in the last couple of years, they talk about these things,” he shared.
“(They) talk about what it’s like when your faith is questioned, or how you can overcome certain difficulties in life knowing that God has your back. And shows like Oh Holy Night prove that family is the most important thing on the planet. There is nothing better than a family.”
The father of five’s career has only flourished ever since. grounded.
However, when he was offered to take part in the upcoming holiday release, it was not difficult for him.
“Several times I have to talk about things that are really very important to me in my life, and this is my relationship with God and family,” McDonough explained.
“… For me, family comes first, I come second. First God, then me. And when you follow these rules, everything becomes much easier. You are not so inclined to do stupid things… We all make mistakes every single day. But how we get up the next day and dust it off determines what kind of person you are. In our home, our relationship with God is incredibly important.”
“… We are busy with so many things, especially during the holiday season… it can be a very emotional time,” he reflected.
“But when you have a foundation to lean on, whether it’s your immediate family or our heavenly father, that’s how you deal with life’s challenges. And for me, it’s vital… it’s about family and love.”
More recently, McDonough has appeared in the hit western drama. yellowstone opposite Kevin Costner. However, this wasn’t the first time McDonough had worked closely with another actor. He and the 67-year-old man appeared in the 2006 film. The keeper.
“We were both college baseball players, [so] during lunch we practiced batting, kicked the ball and talked about life,” McDonough said.
“I really got to know Kevin quite well during this movie. And then when I got yellowstoneIt was just great to see him again.”
According to McDonough, the couple bonded yellowstone over their families. Oscar winner Costner is the proud father of seven children.
“We are very similar in many ways,” McDonough said. “Like I’ve told a lot of people, when you talk about all-time champions, you have to put Kevin Costner first. I’ve always talked about it, he’s one of those actors (who) really listen to what’s going on with other actors and on stage.
“He did his homework. He knows everyone’s lines, not just his own. And he’s so prepared that he’s always ready to win. And I just love that mentality. Kevin Costner is one of the greatest in our profession of all time. But more importantly, he’s just a great family man and a great father, he’s proud of that.”
AT yellowstoneMcDonough played Malcolm Beck, a shady businessman who is mortally wounded in a confrontation with John Dutton (Costner).
However, McDonough teased that his time on the show may not be over yet. He previously pointed out that we never saw the villain’s eyes close when he died.
“Malcolm Beck is definitely not dead,” McDonough said. “There were a lot of discussions about how you could get Malcolm back if we did. And you know… I don’t watch anything I do at all because it’s always a little weird for me.
“The reason I don’t want to watch Malcolm Beck is because I think he’s going to scare the hell out of me if I see him on screen. I can’t imagine what Malcolm Beck will be like when he returns… and [gets] take revenge on the entire Dutton family. I just think it would be fantastic TV, but we’ll see.”
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