We all know Christian Bale is brooding and intense, part of what made him the perfect Batman (and made his Bruce Wayne so little fun to be around), but HOW brooding and intense? So intense that when a mild-mannered DP wandered into a shot, Bale embarked on a three-minute diatribe of vituperation and invective that’s the verbal equivalent of a Batman beating. You can hear the whole thing (released by TMZ) here, but be warned, it is NOT work safe and if you don’t like profanity — or cringing in embarrassment — don’t listen.
The incident took place on the set of TERMINATOR: SALVATION last summer; according to TMZ, the recording was released to the insurance company in case Bale walked out on the film. If you want to connect the dots, it was also soon before the unfortunate event where Bale’s family called the police on him prior to the UK premiere of THE DARK KNIGHT. Temper, temper.
UPDATE: This follow-up post on TMZ casts more light on the incident — there were a stressed out star and a crew that persevered:
Bruce Franklin — assistant director and associate producer on the film — told us “Christian is a method actor and was completely immersed in his scene… his reaction was from the heat of the moment.”
Franklin said Bale was under a lot of pressure because of his crazy “Dark Knight” promotion schedule, and that the crew ended up shooting for another seven hours that day.