Despite their demand for tolerance, diversity, inclusion, and respect, Hollywood has little time for Christian actors who stand by their beliefs. What the left generally and Hollywood specifically mean by “acceptance” is really just code for exacting groupthink into a narrow worldview.
Yellowstone actor and Hollywood journeyman Neal McDonough – recognizable after decades of work in shows like Justified and Desperate Housewives as well as films like Minority Report – recently sat down with Fox News Digital to lay out the challenges he faced while navigating a corrupt industry while adhering to Christian principles.
In one moment during the interview, he recalled that his refusal to do an on-screen sex screen on the failed 2010 show “Scoundrels” got him not only fired from production but blacklisted from the industry altogether.
Despite a seemingly insurmountable hurdle, McDonough shared that he never gave up on his work nor his faith.
“I think I was blessed at a very young age to have a strong relationship with God,” he said. “And it’s been paramount in my life as everyone kind of knows. Look, we all make mistakes. We’re all flawed, we’re all human. And that’s kind of what makes us beautiful at the same time.”
McDonough related his film work with his wife and those challenging years without work, as he now focuses on projects that allow him to “talk about what it’s like to have your faith challenged or how you can overcome certain difficulties in life knowing that God has your back.”
“For me, it’s family first, me second. God first, me second,” the actor explained. “And when you’re run by those rules, things are a lot easier. You’re not as tempted to do stupid things… We all make mistakes every single day. But it’s how we get up the next day and kind of dust it off that dictates what kind of person you are. In our house, our relationship with God is incredibly important.”
Most recently, McDonough has appeared in the smash hit drama series “Yellowstone” alongside Kevin Costner, appearing as the villain to Costner’s ranch-owning family. It was a reunion of sorts, as the two previously starred in the 2006 film “The Guardian.”
“We were both college baseball players, [so] during lunch we would take batting practice and hit balls and talk about life,” said McDonough of working with Costner. “I really got to know Kevin pretty well during that film. And then when I got ‘Yellowstone,’ it was just really great to see him again.”
“We’re very similar in so many ways,” McDonough continued. “Like I’ve said to so many people, when you talk about the pound-for-pound champ screen of all time, you gotta put Kevin Costner on top. I’ve been saying this forever, he’s one of those actors [who] really listens to what’s going on with the other actors and in the scene. He does his homework. He knows everyone’s lines, not just his. And he’s so prepared that he’s always there 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 guy and a great dad. He prides himself on that.”
For his run on the hit series, McDonough portrayed Malcolm Beck, a corrupt and ruthless businessman who is eventually mortally wounded in a standoff against Costner’s John Dutton.
Though it appeared to be the end of McDonough’s run, as Fox News wrote he “teased that his time in the series may not be completely over. He previously pointed out that we never really saw the villain’s eyes close when he died.”
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