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"T4" Producer -- Bale's Tantrum Was No Biggie

2/3/2009 4:38 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Click to listenIt turns out Christian Bale's expletive-filled, volcanic explosion on the set of "Terminator Salvation" was a "non-event"... according to a guy who wasn't the brunt of Bale's tirade.

Bruce Franklin -- assistant director and associate producer on the film -- told us "Christian is a method actor and was completely immersed in his scene ... his reaction was from the heat of the moment."

The target of Bale's attack -- a director of photography named Shane Hurlbut -- was not fired from the movie, despite Christian's threat that if Shane screwed up one more time, he should be kicked to the curb.

Franklin said Bale was under a lot of pressure because of his crazy "Dark Knight" promotion schedule, and that the crew -- Hurlbut included -- ended up shooting for another seven hours.


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your getting paid to make a movie that will be judged by millions, if someone walks thru a scene your filming of course you'll be pissed. Find it funny that people are like "i can't watch this now". i'm actually impressed with how much he cares.

2055 days ago


YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING. How can people think it;s okay to talk to another person like that! The guys not curing cancer, he's an actor BFD. ! He needs anger managment classes.

2055 days ago


From what I can see in these emails, all the Hollywood people defending this behavior are an absolute waste of perfectly good oxygen.

2055 days ago


I think his little temper tantrum is absurd. He acted like a self important, pompous jerk. Actors have to ignore cameras, mics, and all sorts of other things, yet he can't ignore a guy doing his job off set because "its distracting". I don't care if he's a method actor, or had a bad day. You should never take out your aggression on others. And to threaten the guys income? That is beyond low, for a man making millions per movie to threaten the job of a man who may be struggling in the economy we're in. I think this guy could really benefit from some anger management as well as being taken down a peg or two.

2055 days ago


His mouth and his first name (Christian) don't match. I WON'T see the next movie or anyother movie He is in !!!

2055 days ago

Johnny Ringo    

I can understand being slightly disappointed at the distraction, but he went WAY to far. If I were the cinematographer, I would've gladly accepted his invitation " kick (my) ass." After b#$ch slapping him as many times as he dropped the f-bomb on me, I'd certainly be obliged to show him who the Terminator REALLY is. I'd certainly be fired, but he'd look even more the idiot sittin' there wonderin' who filled his pretty little lumpy head with jelly-crickets. What an %^&hole!

2055 days ago


Bull! Bale made a terroristic threat against the DoP which is breaking the law and punishable by a year in Jail.
There is no excuse whatsoever for that kind of insane behavior. I will never see any of his movies again.
If the Producer was a Man, he would fire Bale for threatening the DoP and disrupting the filming.

2055 days ago


Mr. Bale is certainly an amazing actor in the previous films I've seen him in. That fact hasn't escaped me but one must consider the fact that this is the second time he's been accused of or actually having fits of anger and rage. No matter how in the moment a person can be on set of a play or a movie nobody needs to be spoken to in the manner that was shown on the audio file. There are much more effective and better ways to deal with inconsiderate behavior and screaming at someone is not the proper solution. My mother always told us that there are a multitude of different ways to get your point across without yelling at someone. Maybe the studio in charge should tell Mr. Bale needs not to just making an apology but take some anger management course's because obviously these fit's of anger and rage aren't new behavior for him.

2055 days ago


@ Alpinist = Totally a tweaker.

@ Thought Dark Night Sucked, SORRY = Hey buddy, his name is HEATH Ledger NOT HEALTH. :-)

2055 days ago


The limitations on 'poor little Bale' are obvious: Limited vocabulary, tendency toward pornography 'performances', delusion of grandeur that he is the director,

By the way he wasted about 4 minutes of the production crew's time. Q: Will he be docked for it or will the ticket price go up for this? Lucky we have true talent in writers and that some actors/actresses have class.

I think that I'll wait for the reviews for this one (maybe catch it on the tube).

2055 days ago

Donny Sosa    

Leave Bale alone.

Happens all of the time on the shop floor, in hospitals, in the military, in most work places with real budgets and real time lines. It takes little immagination to put together that the filming of T4 is probably a multi-million dollar event with a finite calendar.

Keep moving, please. There is nothing to see here.

2055 days ago


As a HUGE Terminator fan, i am THRILLED that christian is taking his role as John Conner SO seriously!! He is completly immersing himself into the role just as any A list professional actor should, and that jack ass light guy probobly just messed up a scene that had taken hrs to make! i completly think Christian was justified and i am fan of every movie he's ever been in!

2055 days ago

John G    

After "Terminator 3," how can anyone think "Salvation" is any more essential viewing than "Alien Resurrection"?

2055 days ago

Big Boss    

I was going to watch this movie but now I am going to give it a miss, what a Jerk. I wish I was in that position with him and him saying such crap, he would be simply DOA.

2055 days ago


When you're in the creative moment and people screw things up by interrupting and not doing things right, it would piss a competent person off. and it's film, so you only have so many chances to do a scene because it's expensive and time consuming to set up a shot, not to mention he needs to be in the right frame of mind to do it well. i think the crew was just acting self-protective and the director should stand up for Bale.

2055 days ago
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