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  • 1930s film star Lee Tracy was canned from Viva Villa! for one of two reasons. The more boring version of the story is that Tracy was standing on a balcony in Mexico when someone in a military parade flipped him the bird. Tracy then returned the gesture, which then became a big deal. The funnier version, as told by Desi Arnaz, is that a drunk Tracy peed off the balcony onto said parade. In either case, Tracy was fired, and his career was wrecked; he found little work as an actor until after World War II, and even then it was mostly on television.
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  • Edward Furlong, the child star of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, was not approached to reprise his role as John Connor in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines because of his history of chronic substance abuse, alcoholism and domestic violence. Furlong reported that he's broke because his acting career is dead and that he wasn't able to support himself merely from the small roles he had after T2 which was only exacerbated by the child and spousal payments he was required to make. In 2019, Furlong surprised fans by telling them he's back for Dark Fate but when the actual film was released it turned out his contribution to the film was miniscule at best.
  • Jamie Waylett was dropped from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows after being charged with cannabis possession. Instead, Blaise Zabini appears as Draco's sidekick rather than Crabbe and Goyle is killed in Crabbe's place, with Crabbe himself presumably rotting in Azkaban.
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  • This happened to David Niven, of all people. At some point in the 1930s he was carrying on a torrid affair with Merle Oberon. During this time he accompanied Oberon on a rail trip from New York City to Los Angeles, spending the entire trip doing exactly what you're thinking in Oberon's private carriage. The only problem was that the US had a law at the time called the Mann Act, which forbade the interstate transport of women for "immoral purposes." Although the law was originally intended to simplify the prosecution of pimps and pedophiles, in practice it was often used maliciously against "undesirables" such as interracial couples, foreigners, or those naughty, nasty movie stars — most infamously it was used to destroy the life of Jack Johnson, the first African-American boxer to win the heavyweight title. (Oberon and Niven would have fit all three categories.) Niven later wrote that he found himself having to go to ground for a while to avoid prosecution, and lost at least half a dozen parts over the kerfuffle. Note that this was a consensual relationship between two unmarried adults, and that Oberon's career was also tarnished, although she was never targeted by the police (and, as Niven had asked, refused to speak to them).
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  • Roman Polanski was relegated to directing Pirates when he committed statutory rape of at least one 13-year-old girl. He pleaded guilty, but then fled the country to avoid serving his sentence.note  Obviously this forced him to delay his project; initially, he was also supposed to play Captain Thomas Bartholomew Red's sidekick Frog, but by the time he finally got around to making the film, he had apparently already figured out he was too old for the part. In an odd case, Polanski wasn't the only one who lost his intended role because of his crime and subsequent cowardice; Jack Nicholson, who was supposed to play Captain Red, found himself caught up in the same scandal as an innocent bystander in the long run when the role was given to Walter Matthau. Ultimately, the #MeToo movement destroyed Polanski's career when the AMPAS stripped him of his membership the week after Bill Cosby was convicted.
  • Megan Fox was not included in Transformers: Dark of the Moon because of her statements comparing working under Michael Bay to working for Hitler (Bay said in June 2009 that Fox was fired on orders of executive producer Steven Spielberg, who disapproved of her comments). Fox and Bay have apparently reconciled and she was cast as April O'Neil in the Bay-produced remake of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; and she returned for the sequel.
  • The career of film composer Dominic Frontiere (best known for films such as The Stunt Man and Hang 'Em High and TV series like The Outer Limits (1963)) was destroyed when he was jailed for a year in 1986 for scalping $500,000 worth of Super Bowl tickets (obtained from his then-wife, Los Angeles Rams owner Georgia Frontiere) and not reporting it to the IRS. After his jail sentence ended, Georgia filed for divorce and Frontiere scored just one more film, Color of Night, before his death in December 2017.
  • Kevin Tsujihara, the CEO of Warner Bros. film studio, was forced out of his role in March 2019 after his involvement in a Casting Couch scandal was uncovered. He had been promising the woman with whom he’d been having an extramarital affair auditions and roles in exchange for sexual favors.
  • Both Robert Mitchum and Lila Leeds were busted for marijuana possession in 1948, during a time when an arrest record would practically kill any celebrity's career. While the fiasco boosted Mitchum's "bad boy" image in Hollywood, Leeds never worked in Hollywood again and went back home the year afterwards, dying almost unnoticed in 1999. Similarly, actor Rory Calhoun's past as a juvenile delinquent made the pages of Confidential magazine. Although Calhoun's persona wasn't that of a "bad boy", the fact that Calhoun's religious conversion had played a part in his rehabilitation smoothed the way. Interestingly, years later it was discovered that Calhoun's "outing" as a former juvie had been the work of his agent, who had given Confidential Calhoun's story in a deal he made to protect his biggest star - Rock Hudson - from being outed as gay.
  • When it was decided to give Snow White and the Huntsman a sequel, the original film's director Rupert Sanders was not chosen to return, presumably due to his affair with Kristen Stewart. Although Stewart was slated to appear in the sequel, Universal ended up dropping her, too, and subsequently made it a prequel called The Huntsman: Winter's War. Stewart claims she opted not to stay with the franchise due to disliking the scripts she was offered. The results were disastrous.
  • Herman Bing, a well-known character actor from Germany, lost appeal to American audiences when he was rumored to have sympathized with the Nazis during World War II, though these rumors were never actually proven. This left him unable to find any work in Hollywood so that, two years after World War II ended, Bing fell into depression and committed suicide by gunshot.
  • Warner Bros. terminated its contract with Busby Berkeley, known for musicals such as Flying High, 42nd Street, Gold Diggers of 1933, Dames, and Gold Diggers of 1935, after he was arrested for drunk driving. It didn't help that The Hays Code was just starting to be stringently enforced, and Warner suddenly had to become a lot more cautious to ensure its films didn't promote immorality.
  • Jeffrey Jones committed career suicide with his child pornography incident in 2002. He's only done one film since, although he did have a role on Deadwood and was allowed to keep doing voice work for Invader Zim.
  • During the late 80s, Rob Lowe was celebrated as the new male sex symbol in films and television. This ended after he was caught in a sex tape scandal (before sex tapes became popular shortcuts to fame). While he still appears in mostly television movies and has a major role as the voice of Simba in The Lion Guard, his career has never been as popular as it was before the scandal. His performance of "Proud Mary" at the start of a certain Oscars ceremony alongside Snow White certainly didn't help matters.
  • John Dykstra was fired from Industrial Light and Magic for leading the special effects team of Battlestar Galactica (1978), which was perceived as a ripoff of ILM founder George Lucas's Star Wars, though several of his employees remained at ILM, their original home turf. Dykstra would later prove that he was no Pete Best through Apogee's involvement in numerous big-budget productions throughout the '80s.
  • In an example of one person's legal troubles costing another person his job, Marlon Brando had a warrant for his arrest in Italy due to his involvement in Last Tango in Paris, which had been banned there as legally obscene, and that precluded any shooting for Superman in Italy. Guy Hamilton ended up paying the price, as that meant he was relegated to filming in the UK, but he could only work there for a limited time due to tax-related circumstances. When production failed to get sufficiently off the ground on time, his job went to Richard Donner.
  • A Franchise-Ending Misdemeanor: Wesley Snipes' three year prison sentence for tax evasion has directly resulted in the termination of New Line Cinema's Blade franchise. Marvel reacquired the film rights to Blade when New Line/Warner Bros. were deemed unable to produce a fourth film on time due to Snipes' absence. In 2019, a new Blade film was announced...without Snipes.
  • Easy Rider has one of the most controversial examples of this. Originally, Rip Torn was cast to play George Hanson in the movie. However, during a dinner with Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda at a New York restaurant discussing the movie, Torn and Hopper allegedly got into a fight after Hopper complained about the Southern culture and its adherents during his trips down there. Torn, a Texan, was pissed over Hopper's comments, and he withdrew from the project and was replaced with Jack Nicholson. In an interview with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, Hopper claimed that Torn was fired from the film because he pulled a knife on him during the confrontation at the restaurant. Torn later successfully sued Hopper for defamation, claiming that Hopper pulled the knife on him. Fonda, for his part, claimed that whoever started it, they both went after each other—and that they were brandishing butter knives, not switchblades. The circumstances of this event have been long debated—and likely never may be fully answered, as Hopper died of prostate cancer in 2010, while Torn and Fonda both died in the summer of 2019.
  • Amy Pascal was forced to resign as Chairman of Sony Pictures after a number of e-mails from Pascal libeling various celebrities as well as United States President Barack Obama (some of them going as far as making racist jokes) were leaked to the public as part of a cyber attack against the studio. Pascal has stated she will continue working with Sony, but in a lesser role.
  • Lizabeth Scott, a minor star in the 1940s, saw her film career come to an abrupt end in 1954 when the tabloid Confidential accused her of being a lesbian, which was still illegal in California at the time. The decline of noir films, the genre that made her famous, did not help. She made a few attempts at comebacks in music and television, but never reached the same level of fame she previously enjoyed. She retired from acting by the early 70s, working as a real estate developer before dying of congestive heart failure in 2015.
    • In this case the situation was a bit more complex. Scott was relatively popular with film-going audiences of the period, but critics regularly savaged her supposed inability to act, and she had starred in an unusually large number of box office flops. Her career was going downhill for much of the 1950s. Film historians have since re-evaluated several of her films as underrated classics, and several writers have praised her acting skills. She has a way better reputation as a dead actress than she had while she was alive. Confidential often published stories about sexual scandals which had little to no base in reality, a fact which led to a sensational 1957 trial against its editors and owners. The chief editor Howard Rushmore often used stories to discredit political opponents, are which is partly why Scott was targeted. Lizabeth Scott was politically a right-winger and a life-long Republican, but had repeatedly taken a public stance against Senator Joseph McCarthy and his anti-communist campaign. Rushmore was a former communist, turned fanatical anti-communist, and hero-worshiped the Senator. He searched for a way to take down Scott and pretty much manufactured stories about Scott having lesbian orgies during her visits in Paris and London. He named supposed lovers who could not defend themselves, since they were not United States residents.
  • Lana Turner's film career ended after her then-boyfriend was killed and it was revealed that he had Mafia ties. Even though it was eventually revealed that Turner's daughter had killed him in self-defense, the damage was already done, and there was no possible way her career could ever fully recover for the rest of her life. She semi-retired from acting by the 1980s before dying of throat cancer in 1995.
  • Walter Zerlett-Olfenius was a German screenwriter attached to the Nazi propaganda piece Titanic (1943). During production, director and close friend Herbert Selpin criticized the German soldiers who'd been brought on as marine consultants for the film, but were more interested in molesting the female cast. Zerlett-Olfenius reported Selpin to the Gestapo—and by the next day, Selpin had been arrested and found hanged in his jail cell. Though the death was officially ruled a suicide, the cast and crew didn't buy it for a second, and would have revolted if Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, the force behind the film, hadn't declared that anyone who shunned Zerlett-Olfenius would answer to him personally. Zerlett-Olfenius was eventually tried in 1947 for complicity in Selpin's murder, for which he was sentenced to four years in a labor camp and relieved of half his personal assets, and he would never work in the German film industry again before his death in 1975.
  • Winona Ryder's career was stunted for a long while after her arrest for shoplifting. Woody Allen stated in a memoir that he wanted to cast her in Melinda and Melinda along with Robert Downey Jr., but her 2001 shoplifting arrest along with his alcohol and drug problems made trying to get insurance on them (and a subsequent bond to shoot the film) impossible. Ryder made a mini-comeback 15 years later in a supporting role on Stranger Things, but time will tell if this is the pathway to a full-fledged Career Resurrection.
  • Randall Miller will probably never direct another film after a camera assistant was killed on the set of his film, Midnight Rider. He illegally filmed a dream sequence on an active railroad track rather than arrange with a railroad company to film on an inactive track. The film company scrapped the film while Miller served a year in prison for manslaughter.
  • Marianne Faithfull screen tested for Roman Polanski's version of Macbeth. But once it was discovered that she was using heroin, she was immediately rejected.
  • Lillo Brancato Jr, best known for playing teenaged Calogero in A Bronx Tale, was jailed for burglary in 2009. Though since his release in 2013, he has attempted to get his career back on track.
  • Harvey Weinstein was a popular film producer and co-founder of Miramax and The Weinstein Company who had several Oscars to his credit. On October 5, 2017, however, his career came to an end when several investigative reports - first by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey in The New York Times and then in a widely-read article by Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker, reporting that won the trio a Pulitzer Prize - led to the discovery of sexual harassment allegations against him going back decades. Three days later, Weinstein was dismissed from TWC. At the same time, several A-list Hollywood actresses - including Rose McGowan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd and Angelina Jolie - accused Weinstein of sexual assault, rape or misconduct. The ensuing firestorm evaporated Weinstein's considerable clout in Hollywood virtually overnight, and further cost him his membership in the Academy, along with his marriage. He was eventually arrested on May 25, 2018. And that was just the beginning: it also encouraged other women (and a few men) to publicly charge others in Hollywood of sexual abuse, which led to the accused being fired from their respective jobs as well.
    • Revelations later in the year included a death threat to Salma Hayek and forcing her to add the lesbian sex scene in her movie Frida, a collusion conspiracy to keep actresses such as Judd and Mira Sorvino out of Hollywood (the latter which was revealed by Peter Jackson, who Sorvino thanked for revealing the truth)note , former collaborator Quentin Tarantino allowing Uma Thurman to reveal some extremely troubling details regarding production of Kill Bill out of guilt over waiting until after the scandal broke to speak out about his experiences with Harvey, and Harvey's brother Bob facing similar accusations. Ultimately, Bob was also pushed out of the company by potential buyers, including the owner of their former company Miramax.
    • Weinstein president David Glasser was fired following a lawsuit by the New York Attorney General which named him as a complicit figure by inaction towards Weinstein's misdeeds, which presented a very real danger of scaring off the best buyer they could find up to that point just as the sale papers were about to be signed. It didn't help that said sale was mentioned by insiders to be TWC's last chance to avoid bankruptcy.
  • Related to Harvey Weinstein, this also created a rare case of the person committing the "misdemeanor" pushing the "role-ending" on another person trying to uncover said misdemeanor. Rose McGowan has alleged that her film career dried up after Weinstein raped her, with her attempts to report the incident getting her blacklisted from all Weinstein productions. (She did go on to have more success in television, however, playing Paige Matthews on five seasons of Charmed.) Robert Rodriguez has stated that he went out of his way to cast her in Grindhouse (a Weinstein-produced film) mainly because she told him about her experience and he wanted to literally "make him pay" for it — and that Weinstein proceeded to bury the film as retribution. Later, McGowan was charged with cocaine possession, which she alleges was set up by Weinstein to make her look even less credible.
  • Actor and comedian Andy Dick, who has had a long history of creepy behavior, lost two film roles back-to-back in October 2017, shortly after the Weinstein allegations broke. First, he was dropped from the cast of the indie film Raising Buchanan after several members of the cast and crew accused him of assault. The same week, he lost his role in the comedy film Vampire Dad on his first day of filming after he groped a PA while being prepared for his first scene.
  • After the sexual allegations involving Kevin Spacey came out, Netflix cancelled a Gore Vidal biopic that was in the works. To make matters worse, the Ridley Scott-directed thriller All the Money in the World had its Oscar campaign for Spacey dumped and its premiere at AFI fest canceled at the behest of producers and Scott himself. Later, Spacey himself was dropped from the film only five weeks before its release and entirely recast by Christopher Plummer — who was then nominated for an Oscar for his work on the film just two months after he filmed it.
  • Louis C.K. was dropped from pretty much everything he was currently working on - such as I Love You, Daddy, a stand-up special for Netflix, an animated comedy called The Cops, and the sequel to The Secret Life of Pets (where he was replaced by Patton Oswalt as the voice of lead character Max) - and his acclaimed comedy series Louie was canceled by FX, after he confirmed a series of sexual allegations thrown against him in November 2017. I Love You, Daddy itself—which is about a 17-year-old girl falling for a 68-year-old filmmaker—would later have its release cancelled by its distributor thanks to its premise and the allegations. Even his cameo in Gravity Falls was removed, with creator Alex Hirsch redubbing his dialogue personally for the digital streaming release.
  • Bryan Singer was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody after repeatedly disappearing from the set for hours at a time, and then disappearing completely when the cast and crew took a break for Thanksgiving. When he was on set, his behavior was described as erratic and he often got into nearly-violent arguments with lead actors Rami Malek and Tom Hollander. His contract with the studio was already not renewed earlier in the year in the wake of child sex abuse allegations predating those leveled at Weinstein, but according to him the camel's back broke when he, of all things, took care of a sick parent. Malek's complaints to the studio and the looming allegations (which broke very shortly after he was fired) led many to suspect the writing was already on the wall for Singer before the Thanksgiving disappearance. The same allegations would later convince him to resign as executive producer of FX's Legion. Things got worse in 2019 when a day after Bohemian Rhapsody received 5 Oscar nominations, an explosive investigative article was released detailing the allegations of rape and child sex abuse at Singer, including new accusations. While producer Avi Lerner remained committed to keeping Singer on board for a Red Sonja film, this more or less made it unlikely he will ever get another directing job at a major studio and cost Bohemian Rhapsody its Best Picture Oscar chances. In early February, Millennium Films confirmed Red Sonja was being pulled from the schedule, more or less confirming Singer's career had been set ablaze. Worse, many suspected that Lerner kept him on the film specifically to screw it and the many people working on it over; his own suspect behavior in the aftermath of Weinstein's downfall certainly hasn't helped his case. It certainly didn't help him, either, that he waited until the next month to just come out and say Singer was fired.
  • In the months leading up to the release of Deadpool 2, T.J. Miller was at the center of several pieces of terrible publicity, including being part of the sexual abuse allegations arisen during the Weinstein Effect, accusations of transphobia by a former friend, and eventually concluding in calling in a fake bomb threat at Penn Station in revenge on a woman he'd argued with, until he got kicked off the train, which very fortunately didn't end in mass death and injuries. Ryan Reynolds made a statement that he booted Miller out of Deadpool 3 and Miller's lines in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World were redubbed by Justin Rupple.
  • After misconduct allegations came out against him just before the release of Coco in November 2017, John Lasseter took a leave of absence from Disney and ultimately fell on his sword the following June, deciding to resign from the company by the end of the year. Lasseter would get a second chance with Skydance Animation following his resignation from Disney; however, it remains to be seen how that will pan out, especially considering his mere hiring cost Skydance Media as a whole a quite bit of respect. Nearly 35 years earlier, Lasseter's first stint at Disney ended with his being fired outright for promoting computer animation.
    • Skydance's hiring of Lasseter prompted Emma Thompson to leave the production of the studio's animated film Luck, even after doing some voice work on it.
  • The success of Airport was this to Universal-affiliated producer Ross Hunter, who was personally fired by Lew Wasserman, who appears to have not been a fan of the film if his desire to kill it once it went overbudget is anything to go by, after proclaiming that the film's success ensured several years of steady salaries for Universal employees.
  • A remake of Valley Girl featuring Logan Paul was pulled from production by MGM following the YouTube star's controversial video in Aokigahara, where he recorded and mocked the body of a suicide victim.
  • Subverted with James Gunn. He was initially dismissed from directing Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3 by Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn—unilaterally, it turned out, and without consulting anyone else—shortly before production after the resurfacing of tweets he had made a decade prior that joked about rape and pedophilia. Gunn had apologized for these tweets in the past, but they were dug up in July 2018 by right-wing political commentator Mike Cernovich, who began a campaign to get Gunn fired from the movie for them. Although many people called out Disney for firing Gunn for years' old comments but keeping Johnny Depp on their payroll and for buckling to the extremely controversial Cernovich, none of them defended the content of Gunn's tweets. However, many pointed out his apology for the tweets predated his hiring by Disney and they should have known about them already. A petition made to reinstate Gunn to the film would eventually garner 345,000 signatures, and the entire cast of the film released a signed statement in support of him; despite the pushback, and the fact that Disney didn't have anyone but Gunn in mind to direct GOTG3, due to the fact that Disney was at the time trying to acquire 20th Century Fox and didn't want to show any sign of weakness, the company had no choice but to place Gunn under suspension, and officially deny from time to time that they had any plans of bringing him back, until March 2019. In the interim, Gunn decided to help out next door by directing The Suicide Squad; production on Guardians 3, now bumped from Phase 4 to Phase 5 following the whole fiasco, is currently slated to resume after Gunn completes his DC film.
  • Carmine Caridi, a character actor best known for his roles in the last two Godfather films and the Fame TV show, became the first-ever person to be expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences when he was caught sharing his Oscar screener DVDs with a known pirate in 2004. In addition to being removed from the Academy, he was ordered to pay $300,000 to the studios. Following the incident, Caridi only acted in two more films, both of which were obscure indie titles, before dying in 2019.
  • Steve Wilder, a bit actor and friend of Shane Black, had his scenes of him playing a minor character in The Predator removed when star Olivia Munn discovered he was a convicted sex offender.
  • Fatty Arbuckle may well be the Ur-Example of this trope in film. As a major star in the medium's early days, he was widely held in high regard—even compared to the likes of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. However, his career was abruptly halted on September 5, 1921, when a young, aspiring actress named Virginia Rappe was found with a ruptured bladder in one of the rooms he and his friends had rented for the night; she stayed conscious just long enough to say that Arbuckle was responsible. Four days later she was dead, and while Arbuckle protested that he had merely been attempting to help her when her health was falling apart (Rappe had chronic cystitis and was in poor health due to multiple back-alley abortions), fellow actress Bambina Maude Delmont accused Arbuckle of having raped Rappe and inadvertently killing her in the process. The media jumped on Delmont's story, leading to a firestorm of coverage that painted Arbuckle as a sexual deviant, and put him through three highly sensationalized trials. While Arbuckle was eventually acquitted, he was forced to pay $700,000 in legal fees, costing him both his home and his car, and was blacklisted from Hollywood for a year. He would add only a few more roles under his belt after that, while directing other films under a pseudonym, and Arbuckle languished in obscurity until his fatal heart attack in 1933—just as he was given the opportunity for a Career Resurrection.
  • Jon Peters was a producer who once ran Columbia Pictures and had a hand in several successful films for Warner Bros. such as Tim Burton's Batman films, Caddyshack and most famously, A Star Is Born. Despite his tendency for eccentric behavior and Executive Meddling, he managed to turn a profit with the films he produced. His career took a sharp turn, however, with the critically panned Wild Wild West and leaks of his eccentric behavior and questionable approach to handling planned films for Superman and Sandman films spread on the Internet. The final straw came when five separate sexual harassment allegations hit him in the new millennium, which effectively killed his career and caused him to withdraw from the public eye. Since Ali in 2001, he has only had three credits for Superman Returns, Man of Steel and the 2018 remake of A Star Is Born, the latter two doing so purely out of contractual reasons with no real involvement from Peters.
  • Japanese actor Hirofumi Arai was arrested and indicted in February 2019 for his sexual assault of an outcall masseuse the year before. His talent agency, Anore Inc, terminated his contract as a result.
  • The animated film Wonder Park had two firings from the film, both of which involved multiple allegations of inappropriate and unwanted conduct.
    • Dylan Brown was fired as the director but because work on the film was nearly complete, distributors Paramount and Nickelodeon did not hire a replacement. When Wonder Park was released in early 2019, he went completely uncredited.
    • Jeffrey Tambor was also fired as the voice of Boomer the Bear and had to be replaced by Ken Hudson Campbell.
  • John Hurt was fired from Zulu Dawn because his name was brought up at customs in South Africa, where the film was to be shot, as suspicious. Turns out, he had been confused with an American anti-apartheid activist with a similar name. Happily, that just happened to make him available for another film when one of its stars contracted pneumonia very early on in production.
  • Director John McTiernan of Die Hard and Predator fame saw his career collapse after he pleaded guilty to perjury and lying to the FBI over having a private detective illegally record phone conversations in the 2000's, one of which was one of his own co-producers for one of his films. His decision to file for bankruptcy in an attempt to prevent his ranch from being taken away from him all but ruined any chance of a possible comeback.
  • Amber Heard saw her film career come to a temporary halt after she was charged with smuggling her dogs into Australia with her husband Johnny Depp. Heard plead guilty to falsifying quarantine papers and apologized for the incident, and her career soon recovered. The same could not be said for her husband however, as Disney, already tired of dealing with Depp's drinking, and deeply angered over the completely avoidable fight with the Australian government, seized on the widespread failure of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales as an excuse to cut him out of a potential reboot series.
  • Jayne Mansfield was the target of numerous tabloid sex scandals in the 1950s, which at the time was enough that no studio would touch her. She retreated to the more openminded European film industry and got by on several quick and cheap films for a few years until Hollywood was in a more forgiving mood. She did show some signs of being able to regain her former career, but was sadly killed in a car accident in 1967 before she could fully capitalize on it.
  • George Lucas had Return of the Jedi director Richard Marquand locked out of the editing room after it was discovered that Marquand had failed to verify the quality of the film stock he had used, resulting in a costly and extensive color correction process that ILM had to undergo during the VFX phase.
  • Max Landis was fired from the World War II horror project Shadow of the Cloud after it came to light was a serial rapist and sexual predator, with the film's star Chloe Grace Moretz and the producers confirming he'd been dropped and the script was being extensively re-written. Soon after the allegations came to light, he was dropped by his agent and his upcoming film Deeper starring Idris Elba was canned altogether.
  • The promotion of Aladdin—or, rather, how it was handled—and the Black Friday cut of Toy Story both ended up being this for Jeffrey Katzenberg's career at Disney. When fellow executive Frank Wells died unexpectedly in a helicopter accident before the release of The Lion King, Michael Eisner passed him over for Wells's spot, leading a disgruntled Katzenberg to resign and eventually establish DreamWorks Animation as a serious rival to Disney's dominance in the animation sector. While many see this slight as an example of Eisner's growing ego, in truth Eisner did have a point. Katzenberg's reckless actions in promoting Aladdin had permanently strained Disney's relationship with Robin Williams, and though Williams would return to work with Disney a few more times in the last couple of decades of his life following Katzenberg's resignation (including Aladdin and the King of Thieves), the whole fiasco resulted in serious repercussions for decades to come (namely, a stipulation in Williams's will declaring that Disney was not to use any more new materials from Williams for 25 years following his death), and as for the Black Friday cut of Toy Story, it was exactly what Katzenberg had asked for (Katzenberg's and Eisner's visions demanded a cynical outlook, which was depicted with the toys meaner than in the final draft, Woody in particular deliberately throwing Buzz out the window rather than getting jealous, but only accidentally knocking him out of it in the final version), and it nearly totaled the film before it even got off the ground.
  • Disney used a similar approach to deal with a more infamously meddlesome executive in Isaac "Ike" Perlmutter, whose dominion at Marvel as a whole came to an end in 2015 when he tried to boot Robert Downey Jr. from Captain America: Civil War despite Downey being a vital asset to the Marvel Cinematic Universe at this stage, resulting in Marvel Studios' head Kevin Feige going over his head, and Disney siding with him. In the aftermath, Perlmutter would ultimately lose his position as Marvel CCO to Feige as well, with a donation to Donald Trump's re-election campaign being largely seen as the last straw (it certainly didn't help his case that Armie Hammer publicly called him out over it on Twitter) especially as politics were becoming increasingly more toxic to discuss anywhere—not that they weren't toxic at all to begin with—with Disney taking several prior questionable decisions he had made over the past decade into consideration, e.g. getting Patty Jenkins fired from Thor: The Dark World over creative differencesnote , and blackmailing Feige into allowing The Inhumans to be adapted as part of the MCUnote .
  • Nat Parker appeared to have a promising directing career ahead of him, with his 2016 film, The Birth of a Nation, being widely seen as having a decent chance for an Oscar, along with remaking the original infamous racist film into a powerful story of African-American resilience. This went down the drain after the media discovered Parker and his friend and screenwriter Jean Celestin were charged with rape back in 1999, during which Parker was alleged to have sexually assaulted his girlfriend at a time when she was drunk and later invited Celestin to join in. Parker was later acquitted at trial of rape, and Celestin, though initially guilty, would later find his conviction overturned on appeal, and he was never retried. Parker's decision to add a rape scene in the film only made the scandal worse. Although the film got decent reviews, the rape scandal ruined any chance of an Oscar nomination, and Parker's directing career collapsed.
  • Joan Bennett had a thriving film career in the 1930s and 1940s, and is best known for starring in Fritz Lang's Scarlet Street, Man Hunt, and The Woman in the Window. That came to a sudden halt in 1951 after her then-husband, Walter Wanger, shot and injured her then-agent Jennings Lang (no relation), because he suspected they were having an affair. This didn't end their marriage on the spot—she and Wanger wouldn't separate until 1965—but it did cause Bennett to receive a lot less movie offers over the years to come, as she would only put seven more film roles under her belt after the shooting. Decades later, Bennett blamed the judgemental social climate of the era for starving her career, saying "If it happened today, I'd be a sensation. I'd be wanted by all studios for all pictures." She managed a small comeback on television in the late 1960s with Dark Shadows, sustaining herself until then on the odd stage performance, and she returned to film in a supporting role in Dario Argento's Suspiria (1977), largely due to her association with Fritz Lang's work.
  • Charles Hawtrey was fired from the Carry On series when his drinking and prima donna behaviour got out of control.


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