Neal McDonough Fired For Not Having Pretend Sex With Virginia Madsen

Neal McDonough Fired For Not Having Pretend Sex With Virginia Madsen

Neal McDonough is one of those actors you’ve seen in a million and one productions (television shows like Desperate Housewives and Band of Brothers; movies like Minority Report and Flags of our Fathers) but you don’t know his name.

Nonetheless, he’s one of Hollywood’s most unique actors. He sticks to his principles (he has principles).

McDonough was fired from the ABC TV series Scoundrels for refusing to do a sex scene with co-star Virginia Madsen (who can blame him, just writing her name forced Land of Punt to visit the clinic).

Insiders believe the termination, which came just three days into shooting, could cost McDonough as much as $1 million.

This is not the first time the Catholic family man has said no to simulated sex. He refused to get it on during his appearances on ABC’s Desperate Housewives and NBC’s short lived Boomtown.

Obviously, ABC hired McDonough to star in Scoundrels and perform in sex scenes knowing full well he refuses to compromise his beliefs for the camera and perform sex scenes.

And these networks wonder why their ratings are down?

Land of Punt applauds McDonough and stands behind him one hundred percent. While we support and respect his unyielding religious beliefs we also support McDonough for another reason.

Ninety-nine point nine percent of sex scenes in television and movies are completely gratuitous. Hollywood utilizes the sex scene because they are lazy and licentious. They believe a little copulation woos viewers and movie goers.

Sex in a movie or television show never advances the plot, it just makes you feel uncomfortable if your grandmother happens to be watching it with you.

LOP will take it one step further and conclude the sex scene is an insult to our intelligence. We don’t need to see the characters go at it to know they went after it.

Remember television of yesteryear when shows couldn’t do half of what they’re allowed to do today? Back then, in order to convey to the audience that two characters punctured the watermelon, TV shows had to be creative.

There was a Star Trek episode, Elaan of Troyius, where Kirk is sitting on the edge of the bed putting on his boots. That one image said it all. Everyone knew exactly what happened, even Trekkers residing in their parents basement knew Kirk had his warp coil breached.

Land of Punt isn’t against sex on the silver or HD screen per se, but LOP is against it as a plot element.

Of course, Hollywood is far too unimaginative and far too decrepitude to get rid of the sex scene. That’s sad because intimacy between characters is far more entertaining and carries a far greater impact when it’s left up to the viewers’ imagination.

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