Christian Bale should have a lot to be happy about, and have no reason to be on tirades. Bale shot right up to the A list as Batman, was the first billed star in the second biggest movie of all time, and is about to be in another blockbuster film with killer robots. But Christian Bale found reason to go on a tirade anyway, as a new tape reportedly shows from the set of Terminator: Salvation.
According to reports, this tape was found days before Bale was accused of assaulting a family member in London, and days before The Dark Knight came out in America. On the set of Terminator: Salvation that day, an audio tape was recorded of Bale having a tirade at the director of photography, Shane Hurlbut.
The tirade between Bale and Hurlbut began while Bale was shooting a scene with co-star Bryce Dallas Howard. The audio was posted on TMZ, and records Bale using the f-word fairly often while confronting Hurlbut.
Bale is recorded going after Hurlbut for distracting him while he was shooting the scene. Director McG is heard in a cameo as he says he didn’t see Hurlbut walking by Bale.
When Hurlbut tried to explain himself later in the tape, Bale is heard getting even angrier and threatening to walk out if this happened again. The tirade lasted a total of three minutes.
Bale’s angry audio is already the most infamous recording of a celebrity at his worse since Alec Baldwin’s “rude little pig” phone call to his daughter. Only in this instance, Bale reportedly did this on the set of his own movie.
Since this audio was reportedly recorded days before his arrest in London, people will wonder how big of a connection these two incidents had in Bale’s state of mind. It will also call into question whether Bale has a recurring problem with his temper.
Bale being this serious isn’t that surprising to people who watch him on screen. Bale doesn’t always play character who go on these kinds of tirades, but he rarely, if ever, gets to smile with his ultra-serious characters.
These reports don’t come at a good time for Bale’s career. Even though Bale is still an A-list star, he was more mocked for his Batman voice in The Dark Knight than praised for his performance, while Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart and Gary Oldman got most of the acting accolades.
Bale gets to ditch the Batman growl to growl as another savior of mankind, John Connor in Terminator: Salvation. It opens in May, with Hurlbut still credited as director of photography.
Today Show- “Christian Bale’s profane tirade caught on tape” today.msnbc.msn.com/id/28984085/
San Jose Mercury News- “Batman goes Bale-istic with profane tirade on crew” www.mercurynews.com/celebrities/ci_11616576