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Bale Says Sorry on KROQ

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 7, 2009 at 2:19AM

PR 101 dictates that when you mess up bigtime, you apologize, in the most public forum possible. So Christian Bale called Friday morning to give an interview to L.A.'s genial drive-time duo Kevin and Bean on KROQ-FM, so that he could explain his profane outburst on the set of Terminator Salvation back in July. He wasn't trying to get cinematographer Shane Hurlbut fired, he told them. They kept working that day, he said, and for another month, in fact: "We have resolved this completely."
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BalePR 101 dictates that when you mess up bigtime, you apologize, in the most public forum possible. So Christian Bale called Friday morning to give an interview to L.A.'s genial drive-time duo Kevin and Bean on KROQ-FM, so that he could explain his profane outburst on the set of Terminator Salvation back in July. He wasn't trying to get cinematographer Shane Hurlbut fired, he told them. They kept working that day, he said, and for another month, in fact: "We have resolved this completely."

"I was out of order beyond belief," he said. "I acted like a punk, I regret that. There is no one who has heard that tape that's been hit harder by it than me... I'm not comfortable with this notion of being a movie star. I'm an actor... I put so much into what I do and care so much about it and sometimes the enthusiasm just goes awry. I'm embarrassed by it. I ask everybody to sit down and ask themselves, have they ever had a bad day and have they ever lost their temper and really regretted it immensely...I've seen a rough cut of the movie and it looks fantastic and Shane did a wonderful job. Please don't allow this incredibly embarrassing meltdown to overshadow this movie."

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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.