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Bale has "Moment" on Terminator Set

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 4, 2009 at 2:27AM

"It was just a moment," insists the first assistant director on Terminator Salvation. He's talking about an explosion of F-bombs directed by Christian Bale at his cinematographer during filming last July. The guy had walked through a scene. Stars are under huge pressure when they're shooting, especially when they're carrying a big tentpole Terminator movie. Clearly, though, Bale has a temper, as we know from his blowup last year at London's Dorchester Hotel.
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"It was just a moment," insists the first assistant director on Terminator Salvation. He's talking about an explosion of F-bombs directed by Christian Bale at his cinematographer during filming last July. The guy had walked through a scene. Stars are under huge pressure when they're shooting, especially when they're carrying a big tentpole Terminator movie. Clearly, though, Bale has a temper, as we know from his blowup last year at London's Dorchester Hotel.

But sets are no longer private. Someone turned on an audio recorder and helpfully sent it to TMZ which posted the profanity-riddled podcast. (UPDATE: Here's McG's offhand comment in a video interview.)

Director David Russell learned the Internet lesson the hard way on the set of I Heart Huckabees, when video of his abusive behavior to his cast was posted on YouTube.

Finally, I disagree with those who think Bale is setting himself up as another Russell Crowe. Bale isn't going to be permanently hurt by this. He's a movie star who is intense anyway, whether he's playing Batman or American Psycho. I've always subscribed to the theory that the biggest stars, the ones who sell magazine covers and put butts in seats, always carry a bit of danger. It's sexy.

UPDATE: Not one to waste any 15-seconds-of-fame time, here's RevoLucian's (profane) techno remix, which includes Barbra Streisand saying, "shut the f**k up":


Finally, I disagree with those who think Bale is setting himself up as another Russell Crowe. Bale isn't going to be permanently hurt by this. He's a movie star who is intense anyway, whether he's playing Batman or American Psycho. I've always subscribed to the theory that the biggest stars, the ones who sell magazine covers and put butts in seats, always carry a bit of danger. It's sexy.

UPDATE: Not one to waste any 15-seconds-of-fame time, here's RevoLucian's (profane) techno remix, which includes Barbra Streisand saying, "shut the f**k up":


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.