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Bale's Set Rant Revealed From TERMINATOR

Happened last summer during filming.

By Jarrod Sarafin     February 02, 2009
Source: TMZ

Last July, it was reported that leading star Christian Bale went nuclear on the set of Terminator Salvation while filming a scene at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. The cause behind the set rant from Bale was attributed at the time to Shane Hurlbut, director of cinematography, for screwing up a scene in which Bale, co-star Bryce Dallas Howard and director McG were trying to shoot.

It was said at the time that Bale was "extremely tired and having a bad day."

Well, the audio rant itself has been leaked online and judging from the recording, it seems obvious that Bale will never work with Shane again. From the below R-rated audio file, you can clearly hear that the actor was indeed having a bad day. A bad week is likely more accurate. At the time that this set explosion took place, Bale was in the headlines for getting charged for an incident with his family in the U.K. Those charges were later dropped. It should also be noted that this happened the same week that The Dark Knight was hitting theaters.

Warning: The following audio explosion is not safe for work environments.

To listen to the rant, click here.

The upcoming next installment of the franchise stars Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Bryce Dallas Howard, Moon Bloodgood and Common. Director McG led the production, based on a screenplay by Michael Ferris, John Brancato, Paul Haggis, Jonathan Nolan, Shaun Ryan and Anthony Zuiker.

Plot Summary: In the highly anticipated new installment of "The Terminator" film franchise, set in post-apocalyptic 2018, Christian Bale stars as John Connor, the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet's operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.

Terminator Salvation will hit theaters May 22, 2009.



Updated: Bale has apologized for what went down last summer. You can check it out here.


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LittleNell1824 2/2/2009 4:47:42 PM

This kind of thing always spoils a show or movie for me. I don't want to dislike Christian Bale, so I won't listen to the audio file. Apparantly Mr. Bale has a temper, and I'm sure working with explosions (where you don't get many opportunities to get it right) is very stressful.

tglenn187 2/2/2009 4:54:06 PM

 If I were the director, I would have shut Bale up and handled the business way more professionally. You can't have an actor dictating policy or publicly humiliating someone like that. It sounded like Bale was running that show. Ego or what. The guys good, but he's just an actor.

darkheart00 2/2/2009 4:56:48 PM


I can see Bale's point (although he goes on a bit longer than was probably necessary). A multi-million dollar production and the director of cinematography is wasting time and money by inadvertantly screwing up scenes they are in the middle of filming. I'm just wondering why Hurlbut was taking a stroll through the scene and not standing near McG anyway? Isn't that where he is supposed to be, with the director? Paying attention?

miket@jartrealestate.com_home 2/2/2009 4:57:21 PM

I'm not listening to the file either. They guy just had his (step?)Mom and sister try to press charges against him. I don't know too many people that could hold it together with that and the pressures of making a major motion picture where actors have to keep doing the same scene over and over and work 10 or more hours a day.

Wiseguy 2/2/2009 5:47:12 PM

This is what happens when you play make-believe long enough and have a bunch of of sycophant fans and hang-onners. Yo just start believing that your shit smells like roses. I expect some defend him but their is no reason for this. You don'rt once hear "I told or talked to you before about this" or anything of the sort, not that that would've excused him but at least that  it had been addressed before.

Bale, all you do is make belive you dumb bloke, get over yourself.

xenomorph 2/2/2009 6:18:40 PM

I am not going to listen to the audio because I don't see what the hell this has to do with the movie.

FilchX 2/2/2009 6:45:31 PM

YIkes....I've worked on set befor and when they start rolling everyone knows, even the P.A.'s who are alot of the time no were near the action there is no excuse why that dumb cinimitographer walked into a scene, and by what Bale says it sounds like the guy had done it the Hell did he not here the word action? And though I think Bale should've been pissed He did go a little over board. And were the Hell was MCG while all of this was going on? It would be awsome if the rant was on the DVD special

themovielord 2/2/2009 7:23:52 PM

Can't wait for that to show up on youtube with Bale as the superfriends Batman going off on Aquaman.

mckracken 2/2/2009 7:26:49 PM

thats hilarious.. Christian Bale.. what an even tempered bloke.

Spiderparker 2/2/2009 7:27:13 PM

   I heard the audio and I wasn't surprised by Bales actions at all. Stunning audio but not surprising. This sort of rant by actors goes on every day I'm sure. When I describe it as a rant I don't mean this as a slight to Bale.  If your  in character trying to maintain the shot  and something like that happens you can't just turn off the personality that you've built up in your mind in that moment. Its gonna take a moment to decompress. (especially if the cinematographer's  been an idiot more than once in the same movie).   I am not trying to defend Bale. He could be the biggest ass on the block or he could be like everybody on the planet when someone at work continuosly pisses them off and you've finally had enough of there crap and let them have it because you have to much caffeine and not enough sleep and just wanna go home and crash into bed and forget the day ever happened until the next day when you wake up to damn early and have to do it all over again...  (just be glad it wasn't Heath Ledger in character as The Joker - the cinematographer might have gotten killed)  cya! 

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