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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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mitch    

well you actually could get away with this behavior at many jobs where theres stupid ass ametuers and pissed off superiors, trust me i know, i was in the army

2033 days ago
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marcus    

that's the best acting I've heard him do. he threw enough "F" bombs to supply an army.

2033 days ago
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dee    

I WOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME THING IF I WAS IN THE SAME SITUATION. HE'S SUPPOSED TO BE CONCENTRATING ON GETTING A FEELING ACCROSS ON THE FILM AND AN INTERRUPTION LIKE THAT IN THE BACKGROUND WOULD BE TERRIBLY TERRIBLY DISTRACTING. I CAN'T BELIEVE THE DIRECTOR DIDN'T THROW A FIT AT THE DP ALSO.

2033 days ago
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Victoria    

Who cares whether he was under pressure ? It's not brain surgery..

Also, there's something pathologically wrong with someone who goes on like that for FOUR MINUTES. He could have just been firm and quietly angry but no he had to get all petulant and menacing.

There's a lot of pain behind that rage. Wouldn't put it past him to hit someone the next time.

Wonder if he has an alcohol problem. Or maybe he was molested as a kid ?

2033 days ago
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*Caitlynn*    

OMG!!! i cant stop laughing..LOL..Christian is so funny..i would do the same thing straight up..HAHAHA..i loved it..i think he had every right to do what he did..if someone is messing up his scene he should be able to tell them whats up..i know i wouldnt want to keep redoing the same scene over and over again just because someone keeps walking into it..

2033 days ago
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Billy D Kid    

Shame on the prodcuers for not stepping in and shutting Bale the "F" up. McG needs to grow a pair. Sure the DP was wrong but there's a better way to handle this. Take the DP aside and let Bale and he have at it. UNPROFESSIONAL for Bale to go off on like that. Yes, he's a very good actor but that's no excuse. If this was my show - it wouldn't have happened.

2033 days ago
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MattC    

And I love all the tough guys here that say they wouldn't let this guy talk to them this way... That they would say "go ahead and try to kick my ass"... Funny. Bale would destroy you and you know it... otherwise you woudn't be posting on a TMZ site...

2033 days ago
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Gabrielle    

I dont care I'll go watch It. Christian is amazing. And to all the pople saying I'm never going to see another movie of his agian, dont people usually dont he's an under the rader type actor known for his cult following not his blockbuster hits.

2033 days ago
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sarah    

Talk about unprofessional. What a freaking cry baby! Grow up, Douche bag

2033 days ago
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Fed Up    

Too bad that so many of these prima donna's who are convinced they are smarter than so many of us; that we need to listen to them because of their celebrity; or, that celebrity automatically gives them a "pass" when their behaviour is unacceptable. Must ask youself why Mr. Bale sounds can complete a full sentence with obsenities when he's recounting a script; but has such a limited grasp of the language when he needs to make a point. Get rid of the F-word laced one-sided situation and you'll find out he said absolutely nothing. Now, wouldn't that be nice. Get over yourself Mr. Bale.

2033 days ago
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Rob    

What a jackass! I will definitely NOT see this movie. My 4 yr old acts better than him. That tyrade was ridiculous!

2033 days ago
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Joe V    

He's not even a good actor.... All he does is act like himself pretending to be batman or john connor -what's that crap about being in the scene??? he doesn't even understand the concept.... who does he think he is -Daniel Day Lewis? He couldn't hold his jock strap.

2033 days ago
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MattC    

AND FINALLY... wouldn't the world be a better place if actors could just do their jobs without being tabloid fodder. Some jackass says he can't separate the pretend movie from the whacky actor... If ONLY we had audio tapes of how our dentist treats his kids... or how our mailman talks to his wife... or how our boss ignores his pets... then wouldn't the world be a better place, filled with all the boycotts one can muster. ah, people... aren't they lovely.

2033 days ago
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Deacon    

This is hilarious! Leave the guy alone he had all the right to blow up at the other guy. I'd do the same thing. Anytime you stop a recording it costs money it wastes time, like he said he doesn't walk around the set ripping down lighting and sound equipment. He's a serious actor doing his job. Get over it. You clearly haven't worked a construction site before its exactly the same...

2033 days ago
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Tony    

I'd like to fight Christian Bale. For charity of course. Just because I think he's a HORRIBLE actor and now I think he's a HORRIBLE person. Really? You have nothing better than to bitch about someone who made a mistake? We're not talking mistake like you accidentally knocking your wife and mother around, but an honest to God mistake of walking in the wrong spot. You're a C list actor at best. A zero Christian, an absolute zero. There's a thousand other actors out there than can pull your roles in a heartbeat. Throw in the town and take a hike. The world doesn't need people like you.

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