Last summer, a report surfaced that days before he was arrested on allegations of assault in London while promoting “The Dark Knight,” Christian Bale had lashed out verbally against a crew member on the set of “Terminator Salvation.”
And Monday, a new tape from the July 2008 incident has emerged, featuring the actor screaming, shouting and using profanity at “Terminator Salvation” director of photography, Shane Hurlbut.
In the tape, posted on TMZ, Bale was recorded as he ranted at Hurlbut, after the DP walked on to the set as the actor was filming a scene with co-star Bryce Dallas Howard.
“I want you off the f---ing set, you pr----,” Bale says at the start of the audio recording, which TMZ reported was sent by the film’s executives to their insurance company in case the actor didn’t finish filming the movie.
“I’m sorry,” Hurlbut replies.
“No, don’t just be sorry. Think for one f---king second,” Bale shouts. “What the f-- are you doing? Are you a professional or not?”
Bale grows angrier as Hurlbut replies to him in a calm tone, “Yes, I am.”
“No, no. Am I gonna f---ing rip your lights down in the middle of the scene? Then why the f---are you walking right through, ‘Duh-duh-duh-duh-duh,’ in the background,” the man said to be Bale, sing-songs. “What the f--- is it with you? What the f--- don’t you understand?”
As the audio continues on, a host of unknown parties chime in to cool the man down.
“Take a minute,” an unknown male on the set says.
“You got any f---ing idea about… Hey, it’s f---ing distracting having somebody walking up behind Bryce (Dallas Howard) in the middle of the f---ing scene,” Bale continues. “Give me a f---ing answer. What don’t you get about it?”
As Bale grows angrier, he turns his attention to “Terminator Salvation” director McG, who is known by his cast and crew as simply G.
“Look G,” Bale says, “You got f---ing something to say to this pr---?”
“I didn’t see it happen,” McG responds coolly.
“Well, somebody should be f---ing watching him and keeping an eye on him,” Bale states.
Bale goes on to claim that the interruption is the second of its kind and is tough on him as an actor.
“I’m trying to do a f---ing scene here and I’m going, why the f--- is Shane walking in there. What’s he doing there? Do you understand my mind is not in the scene if you’re doing that,” Bale says.
“I absolutely apologize. I did not mean anything by it,” Hurlbut states.
Bale then warns Hurlbut to stay out of sight, before ordering the scene to begin again. An unknown party, however, suggests they instead, “take a minute.”
Later, when Hurlbut attempts to explain why he wandered into Bale’s area of view on set, the actor grows even angrier.
“I’m gonna f---ing kick your f---ing ass,” Bale says as a host of unknown parties attempt to calm him down.
“I’m gonna, do you want me to go and trash your lights?” Bale continues with a raised voice. “Do you want me to go and trash them? Then why are you trashing my scene?”
“I’m not trying to trash your--,” Hurlbut begins to respond before being interrupted.
“You are trashing my scene. You do it one more f---ing time and I ain’t walking on the set if you’re still hired. I’m serious. I’m f---ing serious,” Bale states. “You’re a nice guy, you’re a nice guy, but that won’t f***ing cut it when you’re bull-----ng and f---ing around like this on set.”
“Seriously, you and me man, we’re f---ing done professionally,” Bale adds as the tape ends.