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Christian Bale's Apology: I Acted Like a Punk

Christian Bale's Apology: I Acted Like a Punk

Christian Bale has called into the KROQ Kevin & Bean show in Los Angeles to apologize for his screaming and shouting mishap while filming Terminator Salvation.

The 35-year-old actor admits, “It’s been a miserable week for me. I know I have a pottymouth, everybody knows that now. I have no confusion whatsoever. I was out of order beyond belief, I was way out of order. I acted like a punk, I regret that and there is nodbody that has heard that tape that has been hit harder by it [than me]. I make no excuses for it, it is inexcusable and I hope that is absolutely clear.”

Christian continues, “One thing that has really disturbed me throughout this is I’m not familiar or comfortable with this notion of being a movie star. I’m an actor and I’m don’t quite know how to handle [the movie star thing]. The thing that disturbs me so much is that I’ve heard a lot of people saying that I seem to think I’m better than anybody else. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I’m a lucky SOB. I never forget that and that is why I put so much into what I do and I care so much about it . Sometimes that enthusiasm just goes awry.”

Mr. Bale ended, “I am embarrassed by it and I regret it. And I ask everybody to sit down and ask themselves, ‘Have they ever had a bad day and have they ever lost their temper and really regretted it immensely?’”

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  • Jasmine

    Everyone goes through that anger stage. Let him be.

    I still think hes a hottie =]

  • mslewis

    Okay. That sounded sincere and I’m inclined to forgive him for that rant at the poor worker bee. However, I still will never see any of his movies. As far as I’m concerned Christian Bale is a dead movie star!!!

  • h.

    Certainly I think he could have handled the situation better at the time but I’m glad to see he made a statement. I think it yet again proves he is a class act. =)

  • h.

    Just so you know, the entire interview is on the front page of KROQ. Just add the .com at the end and that takes you to their site. Great statement. He’s awesome. =)

  • Ariel

    He’s still a douchebag

  • mike

    seriously leave him alone….like none of us on here have NEVER flipped out on someone…lol

  • Rita

    Agree with #1.. I still like him and respect him as an actor so I WILL go see his movies.

  • Lia

    Not hearing an apology in there, just excuses

  • h.

    Go listen to the entire interview ms. lewis. There is no reason to be holding a grudge against Christian. He is even telling them that the DP he flipped out on did a great job. He really, really is taking this like a man.

    He even mentions that people might not go see the movie because he acted like a primadonna and he hopes that people don’t allow his lapse in judgement to overshadow the movie and ruin the work of all the people that worked. So he’s kind of speaking to you.

    He points out it never came close to being physical and then he jokes that he couldn’t get physical with the guy because he’s huge and an ex football player. lol.

    Then he tells them thanks for poking fun of the situation and he apologizes again. You really should listen to it before continuing to bash or hold grudges.

  • laura-c

    He knows he has a bad temper, even his mom confirmed it that doesn’t make it right to go on. He should get a little help. It won’t be long till he flips out again and people will still think it’s just another moment and where he saw the error of his ways. He’s a ticking time bomb.

  • hello11

    now that i think of it Christian Bale was never a “Hollywood” movie star type of guy. and maybe thats why i didnt really care how he reacted. he’s never in the spotlight like other A list actors, he always was the quite one who only shows up when promoting a movie. i think if it were Brad Pitt or George Clooney lets say, then i think it would have been more news worthy i guess since those guys are always on the spotlight, in front of cameras, on talkshows. honestly most people didnt even know he had an accent lol. so even with this whole incident i still find him a bad ass who makes damn good movies.

  • shenanyginz

    i accept mr. bale

  • dundies

    Certainly I think he could have handled the situation better at the time but I’m glad to see he made a statement.


    i agree

  • Lilianne

    Give me a break. He “apologized” because his pr people told him to. I’m sure the conversation went something like this…..”Listen Christian, people are thinking you are a real asshole right now. So you have to do some damage control. Get out there and say you know it was horrible and you are sorry”. The trouble with this is that he obviously has an anger problem and has trouble with boundaries. So he can say he is sorry all he wants but the only thing that will really make an impact is if he STOPS behaving like an out of control 2 year old.

  • naty

    Number 6 I have never in my life treated another person the way he treated that men, never and you saying its OK makes me really mad. Is not OK to disrespect people in any way, they are ways you can make your point across without being disrespectful and degrading, if you consider his actions to be OK then you have problems.
    Going back to topic I think this guy should go to anger management classes, I don’t know if you remember but last year their was an incident where he was really bad with his mom and sister in England I refused to believe it then but now I do believe he could do something like that. He needs to deal with his anger.

  • Magan

    Everyone is entitled to have a bad day, week, or month or year, but it doesn’t give him or anyone the right to verbally abuse another. With that aside, I’m glad that he finally came foward and admitted that he was wrong, but he does need to take some anger managerment classes, cause this isn’t the first time that he’s done this, and it won’t be the last.

  • pomme

    it’s good! it’s over ! every one yet had bad day! nobody is perfect!

  • hello11

    i dont think he has to worry about people not watching the new Terminator, not after that horrible part 3 lol. plus he most likely revive the franchise like he did with Batman. people who wouldnt watch a movie because of this situation needs help just like Bale with his anger.

  • bella1084

    excuses? if you actually listened to the interview there were NO excuses Lia. Kevin and Bean were trying to give him the easy way out and say “ya, you expect things that happen on a set to be confidential and when it gets leaked to the press it really sucks,” but Christian said “i get that but that’s not an excuse for bad behavior. that confidentiality is there for the creative process so people can experiment on set with things that are embarassing.” maybe you should re-listen to it. or just not comment.

  • http://england lily

    christian bale has really let people down, being from england and the county/state where his family originate from we sort of held him in high esteme as in an english lad doing good and getting big but to see, well hear what he was saying to that other guy is really really a let down, for him to say i hope people can sit down and remember when they have been angary and felt ashamed…wel 1 no normal person ive met would ever talk to another human being like that and its so sick to hear how much of a diva he was, id like to know how he thinks he can even justify it, no matter how angary anyone one could get i dont know who would be such a prick like that…and for something so trivial as what the man suposedly did…..such a shame.

  • gjc

    He sounded like a nutter!! Anyway, as long as he apologized to guy he went off on, I can forgive him. I’m glad these temper-challenged idiot actors can’t actually get anyone fired….since there are UNIONS.

  • Junk

    You think he sounds sincere? Hello? He’s an actor. How hard do you think it is for him to fake sincerity. His paycheck depends on you boneheads.

    Please Christian. You’re a douchebag and anyone who believes your pathetic execuses is a bigger douchebag.

    Christian Bale is a complete asshole and a piece of shit actor. GARBAGE!!!

  • RM

    He’s right. Who can honestly say they never lost it. If he regrets it and has apologised to his victim I’m fine with it.

  • jack

    Well that was the most self centred apology i’ve heard in a long while, what about the poor guy he shouted at? I’d say he was hit harder by the whole thing than the idiot of a movie star who had a go at him…….

  • Shakira

    ” I ask everybody to sit down and ask themselves, ‘Have they ever had a bad day and have they ever lost their temper and really regretted it immensely?”

    Yes, we all have. It is just that…well… yours really went on and on…anyway, lesson learned and hopefully, as with all of us, you will be the better for it.

  • alice

    leave him alone

  • Cals


  • jersey

    Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. First people were crying because he didn’t apologize, now they are crying because he did. He can’t win for losing. Why post? You are going to hate him regardless. And for those of you who are calling him names and saying he acts like a baby, blah blah blah, how childish is it not to go to see a movie because someone cussed someone out? Or, dare I say, listen to someone apologize….only so you can trash it? I hope it makes you feel like a bigger person.

  • Danny JAck

    Ahhh Christian, don’t mess with the light guy. He’ll set up the lights where you look fat, or make you look pale, or like a cardboard cut out, or worse, he’ll break out the pink, purple, and rainbow color gels ha ha. Look like the apocalypse happenned when the planet was overrun by German disco-teks. I understand as an actor that sometimes all the distractions can disrupt the immersion of character development, just can’t forget that the light guy is just as dedicated with his lights, it’s his thing, to make you look you’re absolute best. Happy belated Bithday to us by the way. Jan 30th rocks

  • Leonardo

    You’d boycott him for yelling at a person months ago whom you don’t know and has forgiven him, #2?

    Right, #6.

    He repeatedly said that what he did was inexcusable, #8.

    You don’t even know him to accuse him of such things, #14!

    How was it self-centered in any way, #24?

    Right, #28.

  • jrock

    the rant and apology is his best acting yet.

  • Cat

    He said he apologized to the DP that very day, which was seven months ago, by the way. He also said the guy did a great job. The person who has been hurt the most by this is Bale. He seemed to recognize this. I’m starting to think the real bullies in this episode are those of you who won’t accept the guy’s apology.

  • Lilianne dont have know actually know a person to have some insight into them based upon their actions. He was accused of hitting his own mother and certainly yelled at her…and now this issue with the movie. He was out of control and clearly has an issue with his anger. It doesnt take a genius to figure out that he does have a problem with staying inside the boundaries that most civilized people live by…his 4 minute tirade is a PERFECT example of that. People who have no problem with those boundaries do NOT scream and rant and curse at people the way he did.

  • mimi

    come on, i think we all have done that, at least once, i even can remember the last time i did it and after five minutes of blowing up you always feel really bad after it, but sometimes there are certain ppl that never understands… and you loose your patience especially if you have a short patience…its not excusable but it happens…


    if it was a quick outburst yaeh this apology would do we all snap sometimes but this was over 4 minutes i think and the guy even apologised over and over but Bale got angrier. He’s a dick ! It took him long enough to apologise anyway. His ego is out of control.


    His mother and sister admitted that it was a scam to get money from him.. Even the police said so.. and that is why they dropped the charges.. He is a perfectionist who likes to do things in one take..Do
    you know how long you have to wait around for another take.. And he
    admitted to his mistakes.. Did Alec get work after his tirade to his daughter yes!!! Everyone yells especially directors.. who yell and kick
    things at actors all the time but we don’t have audio of that no way…
    Just let it go already.. move on.. more important things than wasting
    energy about this.. The director of Photography finished the movie
    so there is no problem and this was last July not now. So I guess
    that the D.A had no problem finishing the movie why release the
    tape anyway..

  • ri23

    He also says people should feel free to make fun of him, because he deserves it. All is forgiven, Bale.

  • la

    Agree with everything jersey said. Sometimes people post hateful comments on the net about embarrassing celeb moments just to make themselves feel better. Bale is devoted to his craft, always has been. Ignorance seems to be prevalent around here.

    And for those saying the rant went on and on. You must live in a bubble if you’ve never experienced an argument that’s lasted at least five minutes.

  • leslie

    I don’t care how many times he apologizes; he’s a douche! How dare he yell at someone like that? That’s unexcusable no matter how bad your day is.

  • jersey


    It was “verbal assault”. What did he do? Hit her with a spit ball while he was cussing her?

    He cusses…very well, I might add, get over it.

  • Just saying…

    He did some much needed damage control perhaps at the studio’s request. He should have left it at the heartfelt apology and not turn it into a movie promo.

    A true sign of a person’s character is how they act under stress. Only time will tell if he has learned anything.

  • Jeff

    Not familiar or comfortable with this notion of being a movie star? He proved the opposite. And he does act like he’s better than anyone on that set he was ranting on.
    And no, I have never lost my temper like that. It’s just ridiculous to act all sorry, because his reaction was uncalled for. If he said one thing, ok, but he kept on going for FOUR minutes!

  • Just saying…

    Also, like it or not Christian, you are a celebrity/movie star and a highly paid one at that. People look up to you and admire your work. Just remember, with great power comes great responsibility.

  • la

    “…you dont have know [sic] actually know a person to have some insight into them based upon their actions. He was accused of hitting his own mother and certainly yelled at her…and now this issue with the movie. He was out of control and clearly has an issue with his anger.” – Lilianne

    Cuz yelling at one’s parents has never happened before in the history of time? What kind of fairy tale world do you live in. His parents divorced when he was young, and he ended up living with his father. There’s bound to be resentment there and, yes, maybe it might be understandable. That’s why smart people reserve judgement not pass them around like candy as you do.

    He said (and MANY others have said) that he was partly into the character and it was an intense movie scene. Do you have any perspective at all, or do you just read little snippets here and there so you can pass judgement? Seriously now …

  • my 2 cents…

    A four minute profanity-laced screaming session is a dip into temporary insanity not a simple loss of temper. What would have happened if the DP screamed back or physically touched him?

  • Lilianne

    Jersey…I dont have to get over anything. If I choose to be disgusted by his behavior then I will be. If you choose to be delighted by it then you will be. I won’t speak to anyone here directly unless they do so to me. I didnt even aim my second comment to you so I don’t see why you feel some need to answer me. If you don’t like what I have to say you are free to skip on past it and find someone who agrees with exactly how you feel.

  • Edumacated

    Translation: The financial backers of the film, worried that international coverage of their star’s inexcusable antics will have a detrimental effect on box office receipts in this depressed economy, demanded that he make a phony public apology to a young, gullible audience that believes anything that comes out of a star’s mouth.

    So, instead of holding him responsible for the inhumane way in which he spoke to an underling — conduct that could have been actionable under Title VII had the worker been a minority or a woman — you gullible kids smile compliantly and now get all warm and fuzzy inside because you feel he apologized personally to YOU. Well, he didn’t GENUINELY apologize to ANYONE. He merely conducted a public MARKETING PLOY. A genuine apology was owed ONLY to the DP not to anyone else, so there was no need for him to make it on a radio show. He needed only to go to the DP, LIKE A MAN, and apologize sincerely and privately. It should have then been up to the DP to determine whether he wanted to make their private, MAN-TO-MAN conversation, public. But there would have been no marketing value in that; it would have simply been the RIGHT THING TO DO.

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  • janice

    It was degrading!

    he’s on damage control now

  • Jaye

    A tantrum like that is not just a bad day. Talk to a psychologist. This man has an anger management problem. If he were truly sorry he would get some help. He does this crap outside the set of a show or movie and someone is going to give him a beat down. They won’t give a frick that he’s Christian Bale actor. Or maybe that’s his thing, he knows who to have these rants on. Bullies are like that. People can be ‘nice’ but it doesn’t exclude them from having some bad faults.