Christian Bale's rant on the set of Terminator: Salvation has finally gone viral, and opinions range from abject embarassment to complete disappointment with the normally rather subdued Batman star.
However, assistant director Bruce Franklin has spoken out in support of the actor. He told Eonline that Bale is normally extremely professional, but was just having a bad day.
"If you are working in a very intense scene and someone takes you out of your groove... It was the most emotional scene in the movie," said Franklin. "And for him to get stopped in the middle of it. He is very intensely involved in his character. He didn't walk around like that all day long. It was just a moment and it passed.
"This was my second movie with Christian, and it has always been a good experience with him," he continued. "He is so dedicated to the craft. I think someone is begging to make some noise about this, but I don't think it's fair. The art of acting is not paint by numbers, it's an art form."
Many bloggers still think Bale went a little over the top, despite the crew member's error. Some critics have even claimed this is a symptom of the actor's history of cocaine abuse.
On the tape Bale yells at Director of Photography Shane Hurlbut after the DP accidentally walks into his scene. Among other things, the actor screams: "I want you off the set! You prick! No, don't just be sorry! Think for one f--king second! What the f--k are you doing? Are you professional or not?"
Well, Bale, you obviously are not.
The 35-year-old star of the new 'Batman' franchise was recently in the news for another incident involving his temper. On July 22, 2008 he reportedly verbally assaulted his mother and his sister, who called authorities. He was held for four hours and released on bail, with police later saying they would take no further action against him.
Hopefully these two incidences are exceptions in Bale's future career. Otherwise, he might have to kiss his hefty pay cheque goodbye.