By now you’ve probably heard Christian Bale’s rant on the set of “Terminator: Salvation”. In case you’re one of the few that hasn’t heard, click here (warning: there’s some salty language so if you’re work, you may want to wait till you’re at home). There have been two opinions on this story. One is the compassionate understanding—we all lose our tempers at some point, it was hot, this DP (director of photography, for those that don’t know the shorthand) didn’t know what he was doing, it was an emotional scene…so forth.
I take the other view. One, I don’t think Christian Bale requires defense from anyone. The dude’s going to be fine. Second, it’s hypocritical to rant at someone for being unprofessional when throwing a shit fit on set is an incredibly unprofessional act. Third, it’s an ass-hole thing to do to berate people that have less power than you do. If you want to take a measure of someone’s kindness, simply watch how they treat those with less power than them. Bale has more power than the DP on this set. If Bale really had that big of a problem, then he should have taken the DP aside and aired his grievances then.
Today, Bale called into the famous KROQ radio station to publicly apologize for his actions, calling them “inexcusable”. He then proceeded to make excuses like “I don’t know how to be a movie star” and that “he’s really not like that” and that he was just method acting and trying to capture the craziness of Sarah Connor (who, by the way, is not crazy). My personal favorite: “Maybe sometimes, I care too much.”
Personally, I don’t really care. I don’t need to mock the guy and I don’t need to defend him. I’m not his agent and I’m not his enemy. But since this story caught fire, we thought you’d like to hear Bale’s response to it.