Is Christian Bale taking his Dark Knight anger-management issues too far?
The Welsh actor's rant heard 'round the world dropped Monday (Feb. 2) courtesy of TMZ.com and has raised eyebrows and questions about Bale's stability. Even on the Today show, morning hosts Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer listened in disbelief as The Dark Knight actor ripped into a film crew member on an audio tape.
Bale, who just turned 35, had become enraged on the set of Terminator: Salvation last summer when the director of photography Shane Hurlbut entered Bale's sight-line, tearing down lighting equipment during filming.
Some say that Bale was still feeling upset after having a fight with his mother and sister, who had earlier had him arrested on assault allegations. The charges were later dropped. According to the audio, it appears that Hurlbut had entered the set more than once during filming, setting Bale off. Whatever the reason, the actor was in fine cursing form and even threatened to walk off the set if the error was repeated.
"I will kick your ass," says Bale in the rant. "I want you off the f***ing set. No, don't just be sorry. Think for one f***ing second. What the f*** are you doing? Am I going to walk around and rip your f***ing lights down in the middle of the scene? So why the f*** are you walking right through?
You do that one more f***ing time and I'm not walking on this set if you're hired."
Take a listen to Christian Bale's rant for yourself. (Warning: repeated use of explicit language).
The nearly four-minute verbal attack was a shock to the film industry because the behavior was uncharacteristic of the star, according to Salvation assistant director Bruce Franklin, whom Bale also names in the rant. Audio of the tirade was sent to an insurance company that insured the film in case Bale bailed. Apparently somewhere along the way it got leaked to TMZ.
What do you think about Bale? Does he owe Hurlbut or the fans any sort of apology for his actions?