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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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  • uglysexy

    Nobody can really expect it was about what the dp was doing
    …too much passion for that….it was just well EVERYTHING

  • jersey


    Wound up just a little too tight are we? Having a Bale moment? Strange. Exactly what you are accusing him of being? My point exactly. Now who is the pot calling the kettle black? I touched on a little nerve did I? Must be what happened to Bale with the DP.

    Oh, and don’t worry, I will skip over your small little post, because you are a hypocrite, and you are wasting my time.

  • passing through

    He should get help but his anger problems are still there. Life is not easy and this will only get worst for him.

  • Lilianne

    Ok, Jersey. Feel free to call me names because it suits your purpose. If I am wound too tightly it would be because of people like you who think that his behavior is excusable. And I fail to see how I am having a “Bale moment.” That is laughable. I called YOU names? I cursed at you? I ranted for several minutes because you did something I didnt like? Sure…if it makes you feel better about things go ahead and call me names and say I am guilty of something I didnt do. I am done with this.

  • raquel

    He apologized. End of story. Let’s not milk this til the cow dies. He put his foot in his mouth, apologized — I’m sure he’s apologized to person he went crazy on, so give it a rest people.

  • truth

    Im banking his temper will bite him again. We’ll see who is his next victim. This guy is rude to the paparazzis even to his own fans.

  • jersey

    OH MY, MY, MY As The World Turns, and we move on…..

  • Naima


    Glad he apologized, although its understandable that everyone has a bad day the only difference is that celebrities are under a constant microscope and that would be enough for me to flip out once in a while too but that youtube remix is awesome, it gave me a good laugh all week !!!!

  • meltdown

    He’s only sorry cuz
    he got

  • my 2 cents…

    Why was this audio tape leaked to TMZ six months or more after the episode? Why didn’t it surface last summer or not at all?

    I agree with the person who said that the only apology needed was to the DP but let extend that to include everyone on the movie set subjected to and affected by the explosion. No one, star or not, has any right to act the way. If that would have happened in any other workplace Bale would have been out on the street before he could utter another sound!


    i like him very much as an actor… it’s quite hard to be always perfect for the media, everyone has raging days. Of course what he did was wrong but all this media circus is enough

  • maryrowery

    I really like him, but it’s more then obvious that he has agner problems..
    If he won’t do something about it this will be just the beginning of something worse

  • Vickie

    you go #30 I total beleive him

  • ~m~

    Apology Accepted

  • yikes

    very true #62 and others Bale forgot his anger problems are not taken cared of.

  • solly

    Those of you who come on to him. PLease. We all have problems and get angry but his anger tantrum is like 2012 like the world ended or something.

  • zzzzz

    “He who is without sin…cast the first stone”…

    Stop judging him. He said he was sorry and MADE NO excuses…I respect him for that and he is a good actor. One of the few in Hollyweird…

  • Ruth

    I have been a fan since Bale was a teenager and have followed his career since then. There is no doubt that he is a great actor. That said, it is obvious that he is also a man with many many problems.

    I agree completely with #47 – this apology is an excellent PR whitewash job just like the one they did after he verbally abused his mother and sister and was arrested. Whatever the relationship between mother and son there is no excuse for such behaviour! Years ago he was arrested for verbally attacking a girlfriend who complained to the police. Again dismissed and whitewashed! He really needs help before it destroys his career and also his marriage.

  • mr. d

    Okay, has everybody on here vented their spleen enough? I think this topic has been spoken about at length, lets move on, shall we? He probably does have some anger management issues, so what. It’s not like he went off at any of us, move on. Only time will tell what the depth of his anger issues are.

  • Ava

    He doesn’t think of himself as a movie star? He has a hard time believing it? I don’t buy that. He has been a lead character in tons of big budget movies over recent years and he lives in LA. He tries to guard his family and has never given the press his daughter’s actual name. I respect that.

    He definitely seems to be a conflicted man. He says he loves acting and put his all into each character and yet can not accept the fame and press coverage that go along with it. You can’t have one without the other. It is sad but true.

  • view on top

    He did apologize, which I think he needed to do publicly. He realized he went way overboard in his anger which he at least recognizes. I still think a similar incident could happen again because that is just his disposition but if the DP is cool with him at this point then it’s time to move on from this story.

    Just curious, what if it was an actress who went off on a rant like that? I wonder how many actors would rush to her defense? I sometimes think there is a double standard especially in show biz that a man can get away with a lot more acting a certain way but for an actress it could have ended her career.

  • Yeek

    Man, he had it down until he said “‘Have they ever had a bad day and have they ever lost their temper and really regretted it immensely?’”

    You know, as if screaming at the top of your lungs for 4 minutes was the kind of thing all of us have done at work.

  • lsam

    I think he only said excuses too. He should apologize to the person he ranted on.

  • Ava

    To view on top:Just curious, what if it was an actress who went off on a rant like that? I wonder how many actors would rush to her defense? I sometimes think there is a double standard especially in show biz that a man can get away with a lot more acting a certain way but for an actress it could have ended her career.

    It would probably be seen as boys will be boys but women will be witches.

  • Baddypowder

    Give the man a break, who knows what escapades do other A-list actors have, and we don’t know nothing about that. Like other famous actors and directors don’t swear or curse or whatever, oh please! As in any other job, some things that happen behind closed doors (in this case, on the set) should stay there (I bet you wouldn’t like the public to hear how you or your boss yelled at someone who messed up sth where you work).Christian had bad luck that someone posted this 7 MONTHS AFTER the actual thing happened, gosh! Both he and the DP have probably forgotten all about that until this showed up, he said that he apologized and they finished the film and moved on, what else do you people want, a press conference, him to kneel down on his knees and beg for the forgiveness of the public? What would satisfy you? Probably nothing! People and the media “live” for these things. If this were an ordinary man, nobody would care less, but nooo, this is Christian Bale, so it’s it’s safe and okay to make fun of him because he’s an actor and immediately a pompous a**. God forbid he says an f* word! He is immediately the bad guy and you are all puritans! Shame on you! Think about yourselves first and all your mistakes on and off work and then judge others.

    The apology on the local radio just proved that he is a normal man and that this week hasn’t been easy for him and I’ll continue watching his films.

  • waterhouse

    he doesnt need any forgiveness from us :D :D, so some of don´t be pathetic…

    he´s a great acor!

  • mslewis

    H. I’m not bashing Bale. I just won’t bother seeing anymore of his movies. The apology was sincere and I’m sure he meant what he said. But, I totally intend to hold a grudge because I truly dislike stars who act like total asswipes and I refuse to give them my money. People are calling him “hot” and saying what a great actor he is and he should be “forgiven.” Well, it makes me mad that he can blow up and be forgiven when a good actress like Angelina Jolie, who has NEVER acted up on set, gets sh!t all the time just for being herself. It’s unfair. I hope people stop going to his movies completely. Then he can go back to being an unemployed, broke a$$ actor and see how it feels . . . again!!!

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  • kaylee

    eh, he didn’t seem THAT sincere. especially that last part, if he’s implying that its the norm for people to lose their temper as bad as he did- at work not to mention, he’s dead wrong.

    and he’s lying when he says he doesn’t think he’s better than everyone else. of course does. this whole thing happened because he thought getting his lines down was more important than that guy getting the lighting fixed.

    what a douche.

  • Baddypowder

    Everyone has their right to choose whether to watch his movies or not, there will always be people who love his work and those who don’t, like any other actor. Bale, Angie, Brad, etc. they all belong to a world we’ll never (most of us) be a part of and can’t even imagine what it’s like being in their skin always exposed to the public, so, I’ll keep watching their movies in the theaters and enjoy my private life… :-))

  • Fanny Steinburg

    Bale got caught on tape, with his horrendous rant.
    This rant happened LAST JULY 2008.
    Bale had to come out and do damage control, as the BIG BOSSES don’t want the movie to fail at the summer Box Office.
    Would we have really known the real Christian Bale, if he wasn’t caught on tape?
    Either way, I do think Bale blew his chance of getting an Oscar for his other movie- Public Enemies.
    No Oscar for this bad boy.

  • elanenergy

    I forgive, but I do not forget, CB. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt that you are sincerely sorry, but one more outburst like that, and we are done professionally. lol

  • Polo

    You are a punk!

  • Lame

    An apology laced with excuses, clearly damage control, the guy needs help, he’s still a douche. Did he apologize this “sincerely” to the guy when it was over? Or is he only repentent after he’s been caught out? I think the latter. End of story.

  • Eve

    I don’t buy it. This is damage control. He has issues and shoudl treat them before he kills someone.

  • Robert

    “But enough about me. What do YOU think about me?”

    Asshole. Notice that he never once even mentions the name of his victim…and yes, the lighting director is a victim, because this little shit wields the power on the set, and the lighting director can indeed be fired.

    I don’t work in film. I work in the theatre, where this little shithead apparently think he belongs. Stay in Hollywood, creep. We don’t want you. Or Jeremy Piven either.

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  • clifford

    He thinks it’s the swear words that offends people? How clueless. An apology to the poor guy on the other end of that disgusting rant is in order. Until then, I think he has the whole “movie star” thing down pat.

  • lakers fan in boston

    psssh who cares
    he was more funny that mean tbh =]

  • mickey

    He is trying to save face, which he has to do. Hopefully he has learned that in a professional environment there is a proper way to handle anger and threatening physical violence isn’t the way. Sure, everybody has bad days, but that doesn’t make it all right to go on for four minutes threatening and cursing at someone because they made a mistake.

  • &

    He looks old for his age because he’s always angry and grumpy.I so wonna bet in his coming photo ops and movie pr he will be all smiles and soooooo adorable to his fans so his angry disturbing image will go away.

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  • jane Doe

    completely understandable, he doesn’t have to apologize.
    love you always christian <3

  • bale out

    Ummm….I’ve never flipped out on someone like that. The one time I did get defensive is when some strange guy grabbed a friend of mine. We all have our limits but how you act on it is another thing. Plus, before giving him kudos for apologizing, remember that this apology comes after being backed into a media corner. This happened awhile ago. His act of aggression is forgivable, but not excusable. Hope he goes to anger management.

  • decency

    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?’”

    Ask yourself If you are having a bad day at your work could you (would you) scream like that to a fellow employee? The answer is of course not. But because Mr Bale is a movie star and knows that he would not be fired, he let his anger and ego take over.

    This apology is such as pr move. What Mr Bale should have done is in publicly apologize to the man he was screaming at not apologize to us.

  • justine

    He is okay by my book. Everyone has a bad day and he’s on a million dollar set. He doesn’t want to waste the scene and waste the film. Clint Eastwood only does one take for his movies and he pockets the savings, so Bale is lucky to get a second take and not waste everyone’s money.

  • charles Levan

    I gladly give him the benefit of the doubt and appreciate his apology but the bottom line is that rant sounds, to me anyway, to be evidence of a serious problem. I suspect this is not his first and probably not his last and apologies only go so far.

  • Billy

    Is this like the husband who beats you regularly and brings you flowers later to apologize?

  • Jill

    “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].”

    Oh bullshit. He’s been acting since he was 13 years old. He’s a loudmouth emotionally immature punk with an attitude. Period.

  • Petunia

    Ain’t Karma a bitch! Be careful how you treat people or in the end it bites you in the butt! I hope Bale learned his lesson from this ordeal, its obvious he has anger issues, go get help.