Hollywood actor Neal McDonough was blacklisted when he stood upon his Christian values in film offers. Now, he’s grateful to God for the breakthrough.
Actor Neal McDonough
Neal McDonough has always loved to act in films. Hence, he did his best to pursue success in his acting career. However, that dream was challenged after some film offers breached his Christian values and principles.
In 2010, the actor faced a drought in his acting career because of his faith. Apparently, he refused to do what the “Scoundrels” producers wanted because they wanted him to do sex scenes for the show. Neal immediately declined those scenes as it violated his moral values. Also, he doesn’t even do kissing scenes.
Since then, others branded the 56-year-old as a “crazy religious guy.” And his career began to go down its way. Losing money and opportunities frustrated Neal. But he was still hopeful that someone would give him a chance.
Until one day, Neal tried to wrestle with God about his situation.
“I remember falling to my knees and saying, ‘God, why have you forgotten about me? Why am I being punished so much?” he said. “And as soon as those words came out of my mouth, I realized what self-absorbed questions those were.”
Soon, the actor instantly realized he didn’t own anything because everything is a gift from God. And he had no right to question Him. Then his heart began to thank God for everything instead of complaining.
In an interview with Fox News, Neal said, “We all experience challenges in our lives. I should be grateful — and thankful — for all the blessings I’m given.”
Following that conversation with the Lord, the actor got a phone call and got a role in “Justified.” That role turned his career around and finally opened many opportunities for the Hollywood actor.
“Everything was kind of forgotten,” he said. “It was a horrible situation for me. After that, I couldn’t get a job because everybody thought I was this religious zealot.”
Amid the success in his career following the hardship, Neal still vows to always put God first in his life.
“I put God and family first, and me second. That’s what I live by. It was hard for a few years,” he said.
Reference | Faithpot