USA Today has a long (at least by USA Today standards) feature on “Terminator Salvation” star Christian Bale and while he was apparently never asked about the status of a third Batman film, there is quite a bit of ink devoted to his on-the-set tantrum during the “Terminator” filming. The 35-year-old Wales native still is still figuring out the best way to address the interest in his infamous rant without actually explaining it.
“Much as I say I try to ignore it, I can’t help but feel disturbed by the complete lack of desire by most people to actually look into the details and find out the truth. Maybe that’s partly me, because I don’t divulge it. I don’t talk about the truth of the incident. I have a principle that privacy is privacy, no matter if people are telling me, ‘Hey, you really should say something.’ … I’ve got a lot of people telling me I’m doing the wrong thing. But I feel I have to stick to what I believe.”
It’s refreshing that Bale doesn’t have an entourage, that he still drives himself, does his own shopping and seems to disdain the trappings of celebrity. But I wonder if any of that sticks in public memory the way that vicious and abusive rant does…
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CREDIT: Christian Bale photo by Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times. “American Pyscho” image courtesy of Lionsgate.