Neal McDonough’s Unique Role: A Blessing or a Curse?

Actor Neal McDonough is making waves in Hollywood with his latest project, “Left Behind: Rise of the Antichrist.” The film, which is directed by Kevin Sorbo tells the story of life after the biblical rapture. McDonough stars as Jonathan Stonagal, a wealthy and influential man central to the movie’s plot.

In an interview with “The Edifi Podcast,” McDonough discussed his character and his faith, noting that the story “talks about real life” and “the minutiae of the characters.” He also spoke about how his faith has blessed his life and career, saying that his Catholic beliefs have helped him to lead a more meaningful life.

“It’s nice to tap into people who are the big decision makers on this planet, and how these people get to power, and how they, at times, use their power for good,” he said. “And, at times, some of them use their power for obviously malicious intent and … their own betterment.”

McDonough is also known for his refusal to do sex scenes or kiss other actors on-screen, a policy which reportedly led to him being fired from a show in 2010. He spoke frankly about his decision, saying “I have to play a lot of villains because I won’t do certain scenes, and that’s fine.”

McDonough has said that he is incredibly “humbled” and grateful for the opportunities he has had.

“God has given me so much and has blessed me with so much that it’s nice to play characters like this that take me out of me for a moment and [I] realize, ‘Holy cow. I’m so fortunate to be the person that I am,’” McDonough said. “And surrounded by the people that God has surrounded me with.”

The actor is also an ardent family man and has spoken openly about his commitment to his wife, Ruve McDonough, and their four children. He said that he and his wife encourage their kids to work hard and that his message to them is to “believe in yourself, believe in yourself wholeheartedly, and know that God has your back.”

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