When an individual who works in the film industry (typically someone like a director or actor) suffers a personal or professional failure (drug problems, a movie bombing at the box office etc.), they are said to be put in movie jail, a temporary limbo where - due to their notoriety - work is hard to come by and personal projects are indefinitely stalled.
Robert Downey Jr. used to be in movie jail until Iron Man made him a star again.
by H.J. October 12, 2015
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