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Christian Bale: the fallout continues

February 4, 2009

bale(Writing and reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis)

Actor Christian Bale’s expletive-laced tirade on the set of the upcoming action movie “Terminator Salvation” has been the talk of Hollywood this week. The widely heard audio tape from that verbal explosion has been remixed into a dance song and has inspired a T-Shirt

But on Wednesday, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton linked to perhaps the most creative product of the audio remix cottage industry that has resulted from Bale’s blow-up. It’s a mashup of the Bale tape and footage of television commentator Bill O’Reilly losing his cool on the set of his news program. Be warned, audio from ”Batman” Bale’s tirade is not exactly family friendly.
The recording of Bale’s outburst was first posted at celebrity news site Bale reportedly lost his temper on the set of “Terminator Salvation” when the director of photography interrupted a scene the actor was playing in.
Hollywood has a long history of on-set tirades and grudge matches. What’s new is that the Internet provides a place to hear exactly how bad Hollywood’s bad boys and girls can be. Does that mean actors like Bale will keep their behavior in check next time? Don’t bet on it.


Isn’t a tirade on a movie called “Terminator Salvation” a bit like a tirade at McDonalds over a burger not cooked to perfection. The lighting might end up being the best part of the film.

Posted by Glenn | Report as abusive

This was six months ago. He had just been recently jacked by his mom and sister who felt they deserved more money for existing. Remember that the London police force came down on his side and tended to say it was an attempt at blackmail. He goes from there into a desert with a DP who was acting like a screwball who thought his craft was the most important craft on the movie. So we have a man with serious family issues in extreme heat dealing with a moron. The miracle is the F-Bombs did not rain down from him for another 30 minutes. Yes he took out undeserved anger on the moron but thats what you do to morons. You vent at them. We do not know if he apologized later (although thats doubtful given that the moron was being extremely moronic), but that is not something we will know. Christian Bale does not deserve scorn for this. It was a moment during a tough period of his life. That we get to hear it tells me someone thought they could make money off of this. It sounds bad out of context. But as the cliche goes: “Walk a mile in his shoes” and then see if you would still judge him as harshly.

Posted by Conan | Report as abusive

People should stop placating him and talk to HIM like he talks to everyone else. I wish the DP would’ve been less apologetic and let Bale work himself up into a physical confrontation (you could tell it was coming), then he would’ve gone to jail…which is where he will be before long. He’s just a thug in a suit.

Posted by EH | Report as abusive

THis is funny stuff about bale outrage BI

Posted by Gianfranc | Report as abusive

I have worked in the Film Industry as a Camera Operator for the last 23 years.
I hate to admit this… but this type of behavior is not unique… it is barely rare. It is
absolutely unprofessional and uncalled for. There are a lot of professionals on the set
that have to move during a take. Did the DP have to move? Maybe… maybe not. Hard
to say. Sometimes the only way to see what the “problem with the lighting is” is to go see for yourself. There are discreet ways to go about and it seems Shane did not go unnoticed… obviously. But at no time, right or wrong, is it acceptable to speak to another coworker this way. Christian Bale was being a bully, plain and simple… and like all bullys a coward at heart. Shane made a mistake, he then apologized(more than once) and that should have been the end of it. Period.

Posted by Larry | Report as abusive

I think the union should take up the cause for the DP. Christian obviously holds so much power on the set that he holds the DP’s employment and employment environment in his hands as much as any management. Regardless, if the union doesn’t protect the DP from this what good are they?

Posted by John Mashburn | Report as abusive

mmm…. let’s process what is going on here… who is the victim and who is the bully?? we all have the capacity to be both…

Posted by N | Report as abusive

For the last several years Bale has been my top pick for talent and inspired performances, however I haven’t put him so far up on a pedestal that he can’t be toppled off. I was very disappointed to hear of this witless outburst of self-indulgence. No one is that important. Sean Penn was a bad boy for years but his acting was always top knotch. Will Smith has always glittered on the screen but now he’s flirting with (or maybe engaged to) Scientology. Actor after actor (and actresses aren’t exempt here) has shown his or herself to be poor sport, self-indulgent spoiled brats, and worse, but a good portion of them are exemplary in their work. I guess it depends on what you’re more interested in. Their persona on screen – or off.

Posted by Mary Kay | Report as abusive

it prob took him a hwile to get into character and he prob knew its costly to have re-takes..after so much effort into it , Dp ruins the moment so off he goes in his rant. does this make sense?
we’re all human and flawed. no right, no wrong, everyone have their reasons justifying their actions. its all business…$$$$…i woulsnt be surprised if everything in la-la land was ‘scripted” to create sensational news and sell magazines/tabloid to spur the economy..hahahahaha…anything is possible.. this is hollywood for ya..

Posted by arty Z | Report as abusive

Scary looking guy great actor


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