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Angry Christian Bale Screams and Shouts

Angry Christian Bale Screams and Shouts

While filming Terminator Salvation a few months back, Christian Bale went ballistic when Director of Photography Shane Hurlbut ruined a scene by walking onto the set.

The 35-year-old actor threatened to stop production if the producers didn’t fire Hurlbut. TMZ reports that film execs sent the tape to the insurance company that insured the film in case Bale bailed.

“You’re a nice guy but that doesn’t cut it when you’re bulls—ing and f—ing around on set!” yelled Bale during his almost 4-minute rant.


For all the screaming and yelling, listen here [mp3].

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    He totally overreacted and if you think that he only loses his temper at work, you’re deluding yourself. I guess his family is filled with people who are unable to control themselves.

  • Pff

    It’s actual patrick bateman

  • dancer

    He makes Russell Crowe a girl. To the few that adore Bale very pathetic women and its true many abusive women stay with abusive men.

  • bonnie

    I wonder if Bryce Dallas Howard was embarrassed

  • bonnie

    I wonder if Bryce Dallas Howard was embarrassed

  • jazz

    wow, he definitely overreacted and stretched the argument out much more than he should have. he was criticizing the guy for acting like an amateur and being unprofessional, but the number of times he used coarse language? he acted extremely unprofessional himself…what a hypocrite.

    i thought that whole controversy with him and his wife this summer was blown out of proportion, but now i can totally see the extent of his anger management issues. gosh, just calm down. would a boss in a professional office freak out like this on the job to one of his workers without getting in trouble? i think not. enough with the superiority complex.

  • unhappy much

    That’s why in 3:10 to Yuma the staff prefer Crowe while Public Enemies the fans loved Depp not Bale. This is not the first set tantrum Bale did. Pity how this man reacts to little problems in life.

  • bye

    The media is right Bale got popular not by his works but by his bad boy image and family problems.

  • brenda

    Who does this A$$hole think he is, he thinks just because he is in the movies that this gives he the right to talk to people this way. I loved every movie he has ever been in, but now I have lost all respect for him as an actor and a human being.

  • HOly ****

    These are his co-workers. If I were to do that with my boss or any of my other co-workers I would be probably out of a job. Just because they are Hollywood actors do not give them an excuse. Say your disdain calmly and keep it moving. Four minutes way too excessive.
    Right now I am having David O Russell flashbacks to the video where he just lays into Lily Tomlin calling her everything but a child of God.
    On the funny side, however, from the sounds of the audio file this guy full of spittle. I can imagine the spittle creeping up the sides of his mouth. Maybe that’s why the DP was terrified.

  • alex

    That dude did deserve to be yelled at like that.

    Christian had all the right to be like that.

    Walking on the set twice, that must have been annoying.

  • Thom

    I am sorry but this is ridiculous. I love Christian Bale, but I don’t think being Batman allows you to treat other people like crap. Like others have said, this is not his first incident with anger issues on set. I think it’s a shame that such a fantastic actor is such a prick. I have lost a ton of respect for him.

  • Ha!

    I might agree with most of you if he physically touched this guy, but he is one man yelling at another man. A movie set is not the same type of job situation as a 9-5 office job. BFD. Throw a telephone at him, punch him in the face, etc… then I would agree. I would also probably agree with you if this were the first time it happened. Does it say anything about how CB reacted the first time this guy (who should know better) wandered in while they were filming a scene?

  • lizzie

    who are you to think he’s an idiot? do u really know him?

  • alex

    Also, you have no idea which scene he was doing, it might be a scene which take awhile to set up.

  • Pete

    well ok, you dont have to believe me but i know people who worked on the set of terminator, also people close to bale..professionally and on a more personal level. apparently he took some druggs to get himself in the mood for the role (not the first time), to basically get really worked up, worn out looking and just up for the scenes you know? his character is fighting the ultimate war agaisnt the machines for christ’s sake. so yeah he was basically very intoxicated and thats why he reacted the way he did (also getting physical towards the end). obviously theres no way he can say this in public. i dont know if hew will apologize…but there you go. quote me on it…anonymously….

  • groovacious

    lmfao what a diva. poor guy. and i thought christian was british…he has a mix of american accent or something.

  • Shasta

    He’s a douche. I don’t care how many times a guy might have wandered into the shot, isn’t it the director’s place to straighten him out? Makes me think back to the story about him getting physically abusive with his mom and sister last year. Perhaps anger management to prevent any further douchiness. It’s not as if they’re on some military maneuver, for heaven’s sake. Get some perspective.

  • Eve

    Always knew he was an asshole. And he’s not even that talented.

    He should take a lesson from Johnny Depp on how to be a great actor WITHOU being an arrogant douche.

  • Eve

    I meant A**HOLE!

    Also, he’s not handsom: his front teeth look fake, he speaks with a lisp and his lips are too thin.

  • Jim skea

    Jeez, in the amount of time he spent swearing at the guy, they could have reshot the scene.

    Seems to me that it’s Mr Bale that’s lacking professionalism here.

  • sheryl

    This behavior is very disappointing. I’ve never been a Christian Bale fan, have just seen a couple of his films, but this behavior is too much. Anyone who thinks it’s okay as long as it wasn’t physical, tell me what you think of verbal abuse to kids and spouses. Wonder how Bale reacts to spilled milk?

    Bottom line, he and what he does is not so important or critical enough to warrant this level of reaction. He needs to get way over himself. I’m even less of a fan than I was before.

  • jessalyn

    I used to be in film ( and granted was never even close to famous), but as someone who’s been on set with those that were very powerful in the industry, no this doesn’t happen a lot. And no, it’s not acceptable. He was being verbally abusive. It’s not ok I don’t care who he is. I’ve always been a fan but lets keep actors in perspective. They’re not finding the cure for cancer. They’re not generals in a war. They’re not working in orphanages in the third world. They’re an actor, and they get paid a ridiculous amount to be actors. As such, a little patience and dignity might be nice.

  • dumb fans

    common sense @ 02/02/2009 at 4:05 pm

    u actually think he’s concerned about time away from the family? he’s just an actor and a mediocre one at that. who does he think he is? if the director did not say anything about the ruined scene i don’t think anyone else should, no matter how humungous their ego is. he was being unprofessional.

  • Naty

    omg! what an asshole. Who those he think he is? You NEVER treat people like that! NEVER! NEVER! Even if he is right you never treat people like that, you just don’t, I lost the respect I had for him.

  • jessalyn

    And to the person who said he’s working long hours… Everyone on set works long hours. And most don’t get big nice comfy trailers on set in between takes. Nurses and doctors work long hours. what would you think of a doctor or nurse screaming at someone like that in the middle of the hospital?

  • dumb fans

    melisa @ 02/02/2009 at 4:11 pm

    omg, u think he was friends with heath ledger??????????????? he has been seething with rage and jealousy since the oscar buzz about ledger’s performance as the joker.


    Anyone who says that Bale is a mediocre actor is letting his rant cloud their views. He is clearly a superb actor – probably could have done with stopping after 30 secs but to be honest, some people probably take themselves more seriously than others. I won’t say he’s a nice guy/ he was stressed/ make general excuses because I clearly don’t know him, but he is an excellent actor.

  • dianel

    He acts like a little kid throwing a fit and screaming

  • coolie

    His acting has never blown me away – I thought he made a so-so Batman, lips are too thin to carry off the mask – but seeing him act like such a raving diva makes him less appealing.

  • Karma

    What a girl!

    (no offense to girls)

  • Lola

    So, someone mentioned here that Bale did the right thing, coz the other guy was at his job and he wasn’t acting professional…so, how do you explain Bale’s little f-ed up episode here? Is THAT the professional way to handle things just because you’re an actor?

    BS happens. But how on earth do things get better by having someone exploding in your face about it? Letalone threatening to kick your butt?! I don’t get how people can excuse Bale’s arrogant behaviour here. everyone makes mistakes at work sometimes, but you don’t see your co-worked yelling the crap out himself/herself, for a mistake you made. We all have crappy days, but there’s a thing called “acting professional” (I believe bale used that word somewhere in is “episode”), and I’m sure scaring the shit out of your co-workers doesn’t count as that.

  • maryl

    Disgusting language! No one should be treated in this manner!

  • Karma

    Two words, Lola: Delusional fanbots.

  • can we say diva

    What an A S S. He has a temper tantrum like a 2 year old. Adults handle these things differently. But then again he is a pamper actor.

  • sheryl

    Eve @ 02/02/2009 at 5:51 pm Always knew he was an *******. And he’s not even that talented.

    He should take a lesson from Johnny Depp on how to be a great actor WITHOU being an arrogant douche.

    I’d wager there are tons of actors who manage to behave like human beings, not just JD. Bale needs to look around and take note…there are plenty of talented actors all around who can suck it up like men and not lose their cool and probably much more desireable to work with.

  • Dravenesque

    C’mon people, this was uncalled for. S**t happens everyday. Yelling and screaming about it doesn’t make it better, or turn back the clock. Make your point, don’t be such an arse about it, and then move on. This is just a guy who’s career took off thanks to the Batman films, and his ego is starting to get to him. If I were the DP, Bale’s teeth would be down his throat right now. I actually thought that Bale’s arrest for assault against his mother and sister was either blown out of proportion or unwarranted. Now I see that the arrest was fully justified. Anyone who talks like this to another person, threatening him openly deserves to get whatever is coming to him.

  • andrew

    Shoops you’re a idiot

  • honest1

    You can tell that Bale was trying to regain his composure at one point by trying to get others approval….could’ve handled the situation better though….4 of ranting 4 MINUTES PEOPLE!

  • dumb fans

    everyone should just stand very still and hold their breaths while the f^cking genius is f^cking acting otherwise it’s just too f^cking distracting.

  • JGL

    Wow. Wow. Wow. I’ve been a huge Bale fan for years and that was such a let down. Yes, the guy ruined a scene (or two) but he didn’t deserve that nasty tongue lashing from Bale. Seemed like his rant was in front of the entire crew so that alone isn’t right, let alone professional. And c’mon, he’s filming Terminator, not Macbeth. Gimme a break. He should have let McG handle it. No wonder why his Mom and Sis called the cops. He’s pretty freakin nuts when he’s pissed. It appears Bale’s head is getting too big. What a damn shame.

  • kc

    If he was a fat balding actor, the people who think he was right would instead think he’s an a**hole.

    You know I’m right.

  • captainjack

    What a fucktard. Great, great actor, but gosh, what a supreme prick as a person. He needs to get his anger under control. He sounds like a sick man.

  • farah

    he acts like a brat!!!!! Mistakes happen in filming and he acts like the world ended


    Noone has the right to speak to a colleague like this. I f he ruined the scene then he could have spoken to him on a professional level this is completely unacceptable. Bale obviously has anger issues … he did attack his mum and sister last year.

    I’ve never found him a very likeable actor and he doesn’t seem to be popular within the industry and no wonder with this carry on. Where was the director during this? He should hav controlled the situation and not have some actor with a huge ego do this. This is what happens when actors are surrounded by yes people continuosly , they think they can do what they like. The poor man this was directed at must have been very shaken from this tirade of abuse. Bale even threatened to assault him and had to be held back by the sounds of it. Horrible person!

  • captainjack

    If only Heath were alive to say, “Hey Christian, why so serious?”

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  • Jill

    Overgrown baby acting like an asshole. His mother should have whooped his butt more when he was growing up and taught him some manners.

  • jaye

    Bale was right? Yes, if he wants to be an a*hole. People make mistake, even professional people. I can name any number of actors who are better actors than he is who wouldn’t have reacted that way. Is that what our society has come to standing up for rude and obscene behavior? I realize that the world will only ever think of him as Batman, but he just needs to get over himself. Probably was pissed that Ledger was getting all the press for the Batman movie. Hahahaha, he’s the lead actor of the movie and no one cared. It sucks to be him I guess.

  • mouche

    WOW – he sounds like a man on the verge of a nervous breakdown! I hope he can control his anger a little better in his private life!