This video is loud, abusive and contains many “F” words. It is NSFW or around kids at all
When Christian Bale was accused last summer of being abusive to his mother and sister, many of us blamed the victim, so to speak. A lot of us felt that Christian was being unfairly accused of something that was simply a misunderstanding between an extremely talented actor and his fame-hungry money-seeking relatives.
Turns out, there may have been something more to it. In an explosive audio tape, recorded on the set of Bale’s new film Terminator Salvation, Bale is heard reading the riot act to the director of cinematography, a man named Shane Hurlbut. Bale drops the “f-bomb” nearly forty times, and threatens physical violence against the guy. Star has details.
Days before Dark Knight Christian Bale was accused of assulting his 61-year-old mother last year, he had a major meltdown on the set of Terminator Salvation, threatening to stop production and beat up the director of cinematography. Now, there‘s an audio clip of the actor’s profanity-laced tirade, during which he drops the f-bomb nearly 40 times — in four minutes!
While filming a scene for the thriller, which opens in May, cinematographer Shane Hurlbut apparently interfered with a shot that involved Christian and his costar Bryce Dallas Howard by walking behind Bryce to adjust a light. Suddenly Christian went crazy, calling Hurlbut every name in the book.
“I’m going to f—ing kick your f—ing ass if you don’t shut up for a second,” Christian screamed — in one of many insults.
Hurlbut, speaking in a quiet tone throughout the incident, apologized to the actor, but that didn’t help. So director McG tried to calm down the star — suggesting that they halt production for a minute to compose themselves — but that just made the actor crazier. He demanded that they immediately do another take, but warned Hurlbut: “You do it one more time and I’m not walking on the set if you’re still hired. You’re a nice guy, but that don’t f—ing cut it when you’re bullsh–ting and f—ing around like this on set.”
Then he spit at Hurlbut: “You and me are f—ing done professionally.”
This must have been a heckuva week for the actor. Days after this July incident, he was arrested following an altercation with his mother and sister in London. The women claimed that he physically assaulted them — allegations that he denied. Christian was questioned by police but no charges were filed.
From Star Magazine
I have no problems believing that Christian Bale is an angry, intense, tightly-wound, anal-retentive guy who freaks out if one little thing goes wrong. I also think he’s probably one of the most talented actors working today. This is a very unfortunate incident, one in which it’s pretty obvious Bale totally over-reacted. I wonder if we consider him “intense” and “talented” because he’s a man. What would we be calling him if a he was woman who acted this way? Not anything so complimentary, that’s for sure.
Christian Bale is shown below at the DGA Awards on 1/31/09. Credit: PRPhotos