“The show must go on” is a Hollywood phrase that is put to the test too often. For example, when these eight actors were arrested in the middle of filming a TV show or movie, production had to quickly adapt, choosing to either work around the actor’s court hearings and jail time, or in some instances, deciding to part ways altogether. Check out the eight stars who spent some time behind bars when they should have been behind the camera.
1. Christopher McDonald
While in North Carolina filming The Squeeze in 2013, McDonald was arrested for driving while intoxicated. The Happy Gilmore actor, who also started in Requiem for a Dream, was handcuffed, arrested, and charged with a DUI after being found with a blood-alcohol level of .15, according to the Daily News. After McDonald’s arrest, he addressed it by saying, “The whole thing was unfortunate.” He also added, “Drunk driving is nothing to do. I do take this thing very seriously, and I am doing all of the right steps right now.”
2. & 3. Josh Brolin and Jeffrey Wright
In 2008, Brolin and Wright, along with several others, were arrested for getting involved in a bar fight. They were out drinking with other cast members of the movie W, which was in the middle of production at the time, when they chose to get involved with a police altercation. According to Fox News, the police came after receiving a phone call from a bar asking them deal with a loud and out-of-control patron. Once there, Brolin, Wright, and a few others tried to stop the officers’ involvement in the brawl, which led to them being charged with interfering with police.
The incident appeared to be short-lived and didn’t seem to impact filming. The Daily News reports a Brolin insider said, “He was released very soon after the incident,” the source said. “It was not a bar fight. It wasn’t a physical situation.”