Liam Neeson only has to look around him to know he might have just pressed his own self-destruct button.
The Schindler’s List star, 66, is now at the mercy of Hollywood after admitting he wanted to kill an innocent black man after his friend was raped.
But he’s not the first A-lister whose career has come crashing down after a mistake that was no-one’s fault but their own.
Here are some of the others…
The actor-director was riding high in Hollywood after iconic films like Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ and the Lethal Weapon and Mad Max series.
But he quickly became just as famous for his drunken antisemitic and racist tirades following a shocking episode in 2009.
After being arrested for driving under the influence with an open container of alcohol in his vehicle, the star lost it in a rant loaded with antisemitic statements.
He yelled, “f*** Jews… the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world. Are you a Jew?”
The following year Gibson was caught making bigoted statements again in a recorded phone call with his girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.
He said if she got “raped by a pack of n******” it would be her fault.
Gibson has managed to bounce back as an acclaimed director, with films like Edge of Darkness and The Expensadles 3.
But it doesn’t look like he will be allowed back in front of the camera anytime soon.
He was once the highest paid actor on television, earning $1.8million per episode of Two and a Half Men.
But his contract with the show was terminated in 2011 after her made derogatory comments about creator Chuck Lorre – and Sheen’s life spiralled out of control amid stories of spending fortunes on drugs and prostitutes.
His very public meltdown included bizarre statements in TV interviews where he suggested he was a “warlock”, insisted he was that he was “winning” and that he had had tiger blood in his veins.
“You borrow my brain for five seconds and just be like, ‘dude, can’t handle it’, unplug this bastard, because it fires in a way that is, I dunno, maybe not from this particular terrestrial realm,” he said in an interview with ABC America.
The actor has since returned to television, but he is nowhere near the same level he once was.
His latest endeavour, a film about 9/11, has already been hit by controversy because of an interview Sheen did in 2006 where he suggested the terrorist attack was an inside job.
He was one of Hollywood’s rising stars, a Disney Channel actor who was on his way to big things.
LeBeouf played the starring role in Michael Bay’s Transformer series, and looked like her would take over Harrison Ford’s mantel after playing Indiana Jones’ son in 2008’s Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
But in 2014 things started to go very wrong after he bizarrely turned up at a premiere with a paper bag on his head and the words ‘I am Not famous anymore’ written in marker.
After that he was in the news for all the wrong reasons, including numerous public fights.
Once he slammed into the back of his neighbour’s car because he was blocking his path and allegedly waved a knife at him.
In another in 2017, he was arrested for disorderly conduct and criminal trespass during a performance of Cabaret at New York’s Studio 54 theatre, when he also swore and spat at the arresting officers.
Videos also surfaced of the actor calling a police officer a ‘f***** bitch’ while also saying a black cop was going to hell due to his skin colour.
With her hit sitcom Roseanne returning to Amercian TV to huge ratings on ABC, Barr was shot back to stardom after a two-decade absence.
But it all came crashing down just two months later when the actress posted a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, an African-American woman who was a senior advisor to Barack Obama during his presidency.
Using the aide’s initials, she wrote if the “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”
She later apologised claiming she’d posted the tweet while on Ambien, a sedative.
That prompted the drug’s manufacturers Sanofi to retort: “racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”
Her apology didn’t convince ABC either, which promptly cancelled her new show saying that “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.”
Appearing on Big Brother normally provides a welcome boost to ailing celebrity careers – but for some stars it has been disastrous.
But she forgot about the cameras, which showed that he hadn’t and it was nothing more than a play fight.
Her accusation caused uproar in the outside world and Roxanne eventually walked from the house, while Ryan ended up winning the show.
Despite apologising twice on TV, Roxanne became the most hated woman in the UK – especially after her former Emmerdale co-stars came forward with similar stories of what she had done to them.
With her career in tatters, she even lost her role in a pantomime, with Chesterfield Theatres releasing a statement which said she had decided “to take some time out and reflect on recent events”, reports the Daily Record.
The lead singer of S Club 7 was on track for a glittering solo career when she appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2007.
But after she, Jade Goody and Danielle Lloyd were accused of racist and bullying behaviour towards fellow contestant and Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, her future success lay in ruins.
Complaints soared over a conversation between the singer and Lloyd, in which O’Meara said that all Indians were thin because they were “sick all the time – because they’re ill” as a result of undercooking their food.
Lloyd replied that she didn’t like Shilpa touching her food because she didn’t “know where her hands have been”.
Following the controversy, Jo performed at nightclubs, universities and Butlins holiday camps.
She also claimed her BB disaster drove her close to suicide, and is now touring small clubs with a paired down S Club.
The rapper’s increasingly erratic behaviour has overshadowed his significant musical achievements.
In the same year he infamously claimed “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” – but then shocked many by becoming one of Donald Trump’s most ardent fans.
In an appearance on TMZ in May 2018 the rapper caused outrage when he said that slavery was “a choice”.
And four months later after featuring as musical guest on Saturday Night Life, West – sporting a Make America Great Again hat – went on a long pro-Trump rant once the show went off air.
As the stunned cast looked on he said: “There’s so many times I talk to, like, a white person about this and they say, ‘How could you like Trump? He’s racist.’
“Well, uh, if I was concerned about racism I would’ve moved out of America a long time ago.”
He went from being the world’s most famous golfer to losing almost everything in two weeks in a spectacular fall from grace.
No-one could have imagined what would come next after he crashed his car into a fire hydrant in November 2009, two days after the National Enquirer claimed the married sportsman had been having an affair.
A voicemail surfaced of him leaving a message for his alleged mistress, and more than a dozen women – among them a porn star and a pancake house waitress – came forward claiming they’d had affairs with him.
As he began to lose lucrative sponsorship deals, including Gatorade and Gilette, he made a grovelling apology to his wife, model Elin Nordegren.
But it didn’t make any different and he eventually lost more than £9.3billion in endorsements.
The couple divorced in 2010 and his problems continued, with Woods being arrested later that year for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
Once invincible, he hasn’t won a major title since.
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