Neal McDonough Won't Have Sex With Virginia Madsen

Virginia Madsen

ABC fires McDonough from Scoundrels for refusing to film sex scenes with co-star Virginia Madsen.

In an age of never-ending sex scandals, it's refreshing to find a man who considers the act to mean something. Neal McDonough is a family man and a Catholic who refuses to simulate sex on camera. According to The Daily News, sticking to that policy is what got him fired from the ABC show Scoundrels, and lost him as much as $1 million.

The actor's stance is not a new one for him. He's refused to film love scenes on other projects like Boomtown and Desperate Housewives. "It has cost him jobs, but the man is sticking to his principles," a source says.

Here's the thing. While we respect that he takes his roles as husband and father seriously, and while we love that he's not compromising his morals for money, he is also an actor. As an actor, he should know that sex scenes are fake. He should also be aware that with all jobs, there will be times when he has to do something that he'd rather not, like pretend to have sex with someone his character loves. We're also fairly certain that his character having sex with another character on-screen will not be responsible for the disintegration of morality in the country.

David James Elliot replaced him this time, but who knows how many other gigs he'll miss out on? Still, if he's ready to deal with the consequences of his decision, then we applaud him doing what he feels is right. Integrity in Hollywood is a welcome sight.