Christian Bale Talks The Outburst

Part Four of our World Exclusive Interview...

On 2 February, 2009, the world found out that Christian Bale lost his temper.

July, 2008. Bale was acting in a scene for McG’s Terminator Salvation with Bryce Dallas Howard. His DP, Shane Hulburt, walked into his line of sight to adjust some lights.

This put Bale off his stride, and he let Shane know that he was upset in no uncertain terms. Unfortunately for Bale, his four-minute expletive-laden rant was recorded for posterity, and released to the internet.

You might have heard it. In fact, we think you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t.

It was one of the biggest internet stories of 2009. Within 24-hours t-shirts had been made and sold, a sophisticated sound-board had been created and a signed indie-band had written, recorded and made a video for a song inspired by the outburst.

That song, R U Professional was well-received by the indie press, and you can see it below.

But somewhere in the maelstrom there was a man who had lost his temper trying to do his job. A man who had been in the middle of filming an intense scene, a method actor playing an angry fighter.

We sat down to discuss the incident with him – becoming the first magazine to get an answer to the question: What the hell happened?[page-break]


“Hey listen, I did it, it’s in the public space. I take the consequences for it. I’m not hiding from that. I went overboard.

“I’m not making any excuses, but there is an essential trust and it’s not a tacit one, which is every sound guy says, ‘We are not only not recording, we are not even listening.’ So, well, there goes that.”

“I do stress though, it’s not in anyway a trust that’s there to cover up bad behaviour. It’s not about that. It’s an essential trust that’s needed for creativity.”

“I just don’t think it’s in anyone’s interest to know that much either. I’m actually someone that’s very anti the whole B-Rolls, DVD extras and stuff like that.

“I understand people are interested, I get that they want to hear about it, but to me I look at it as old school movie magic and with magic you do not reveal your secrets.

“I’m not making any excuses. I’m not whining. I’m not going [puts on silly voice] ‘Oh well, if it hadn’t have been for that!’ But it’s that. It’s a creative trust. It’s not a behavioural trust.”

This interview continues in Total Film 155, on sale today.

For Bale on Terminator Salvation, The Dark Knight, Batman 3 and Public Enemies check out Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s entries.

For a final word from Bale check out tomorrow.

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    • halfnelsongirl

      Apr 30th 2009, 11:27

      I'm sorry but is it just me who has no idea what Bale is going on about?! That's not an explanation, that's just a load of 'I'm up my own a**e, aren't I so important' actor rubbish. I used to really love Bale, he's such a good actor but I think over the last year or so he's just proven himself to be a dull, overly intense, take himself to seriously idiot! As you can see, i think he's great!

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    • StuntcockMike

      Apr 30th 2009, 14:41

      Sophisticated sound board? Nonsense. Check THIS out......

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    • balewillsurvive

      May 1st 2009, 9:48

      Was it a slow news day? I mean come on!! if you PERFECT PEOPLE shouted at someone LAST YEAR,you wouldnt want this to go on forever right?he APOLOGISED...I thought the total-film review would be more about Bale as a person and less about the rant story from 10'000 years what if he doesnt like to take s**t from people?have some RESPECT for the guy!!

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    • avoidz

      May 1st 2009, 13:29

      Bale didn't just "shout" at someone. He ranted and raved, on and on, for several minutes. A diva in his prime.

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    • reepiceep

      May 4th 2009, 9:06

      The more we learn about Mr. Bale's temper, the more we are to be concerned that he cannot control it. This outburst was not simply someone losing their temper after a long hard day at work - he showed a truly unstable side. No one, under any circumstances should EVER speak to another human being the way he did. I cannot get past it and will not be seeing any more of his films. What ever happened to that angelic little boy in Henry V? Truly, truly sad.

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    • reepiceep

      May 4th 2009, 9:10

      Please "balewillsurvive". Have respect for the guy? Do you know anything about respect? He showed no respect for the man on the other end of his rant - only contempt. To be shown respect you have to earn it and offer it to others. He clearly cannot - he is caught up in himself plain and simple. And I'm sorry...somethings should be remembered and not just forgotten because time goes by. Yes, he should be forgiven, of course. But forgotten - it's not that easy to get that out of your head once you've heard it.

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