Christian Bale gets all Gotham on ‘Terminator’ cinematographer

Feb. 03, 2009 | 1:48 a.m.

BaleOh my.

Have you heard the scorching on-the-set rant by Christian Bale, who was clearly furious at Shane Hurlbut, the director of photography for “Terminator Salvation“? Clearly, somebody in the film’s audio department decided that the famously severe actor’s tantrum should be heard by the world … which is why it landed at TMZ. The incident was reported months ago but the audio has finally made it out to the internet.

And … wow, he was mad.

You can hear it right here but, please, don’t go there if you are offended by coarse language or if you are a big fan of Bale and don’t want your affections shaken.

Why the vicious tantrum? Essentially, Hurlbut (who worked with “Terminator Salvation” director McG on “We Are Marshall“) walked across Bale’s sight-line during a scene. That’s a huge no-no and anybody with Hurlbut’s two decades of experience on movie sets is well aware of that.

“If you do it one more time I ain’t walking on this set if you’re still hired!” Bale barks at Hurlbut at one point during the three-minute snippet (the besieged cinematographer can’t be heard well during the barrage — clearly the audio is all from a microphone that is on or near Bale).

I’m not sure anyone in Hollywood will be surprised by the eruption, except perhaps by its duration. Bale is known as a serious actor and a serious guy (did you see what he did to himself for “The Machinist“?) and his temper has been an issue before, at least if you believe his mother and sister and their account of his behavior last year. (I’ve never met the guy; I have talked to him on the phone but it was a brief interview and not very revealing, but I’m a big fan of his work, especially in “Harsh Times,” “The Prestige” and “3:10 to Yuma.”)

There’s a lot of pressure in making a major blockbuster and any project as dark and intense as “Salvation” can take the cast into some pretty edgy places. Still, it’s hard to listen to this rant and think of the guy as a healthy, mature adult. The bottom line? Bale certainly won’t win any friends in the industry by savagely insulting a professional in front of a crowd. But, sadly, it’s just as certain that as long as Bale remains the famous face on all the movie posters, people will put up with the abuse.

– Geoff Boucher

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67 Responses to Christian Bale gets all Gotham on ‘Terminator’ cinematographer

  1. Dan says:

    "Serious"? You're kidding right? This loser is like 35 years old and he's acting like a spoiled 13 year old.
    I haven't laughed so hard since I saw the Tom Cruise Scientology video.
    You'd like to think that Hollywood would see him as the unprofessional, unstable cry baby he is, but we all know that won't happen.

  2. Robert says:

    What a horses ass

  3. Unperfekt says:

    How ridiculous. How much does Bale get paid compared to the DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY? And Bale has the gall to bring up being "professional"?
    I hope some DP or exec rips him a new one because Christian Bale is completely out of line with something like that. I'm glad this tape has come out and we can see who he really is, behind the scenes.
    Hope someone can put Bale in his place.

  4. Roger Hanna says:

    Wow. No serious person could listen to this tantrum and not want to kick this jerk in the balls. Um, he's supposed to be ACTING, right? So if he was…I guess the term I'm looking for is "professional," he'd pretend to not notice someone moving in front of him? This is something actual actors do all the time on stage. Someone coughs, or a cell phone goes off, or whatever…they play through it.
    The most remarkable thing isn't that he was pissed off. I'm sure he was distracted. But since the process of making a movie is to spend weeks and weeks to act out something that is watched in a few minutes, you'd think–after he couldn't manage to concentrate because he recognized someone where he was looking–that he'd have the good grace to apologize for making a mistake and move on.
    Even a brief insult would have been understandable! But to spew such venom, when nearly everyone (including his target) is earning so much less for so much more professional work, really makes me hope someone will throw a pie in this clown's face.
    I guess any press is good press for a lucky fool like Bale. I'm fed up with him. I think I can manage to not see his ridiculous film (I mean, really…I know there's a market for the Terminator francise, but if you're not having fun doing it, then you're just a greedy S.O.B. to take the part).
    I hope Hurlbut can get some kind of bonus in his next contract, maybe they swap salaries for a week the next time this "serious actor" (er, remember, this is a Terminator sequel!) goes nuts?

  5. John says:

    What a douchebag.
    All that money to be in a movie about killer robots, and he can't buy a sense of humor and/or some chill pills?
    Good grief.
    I won't be seeing that movie.

  6. Sam says:

    First of all, I work in the film industry and these types of confrontations do happen. What shocks me is the unprofessionalism of the crew. I work as an sound editor for film and outbursts like this should NEVER be recorded let alone released to the public. Christian Bale has every right to be angry. It's improper etiquette on set to move around behind camera when it is rolling. It's just not done. It ruins a take and costs more money. Should Bale have gone off on his tantrum as long as he did? No. Was he right to be angry? yes. Should he be angry over the release of this? Most definitely. The sound technician that let this slip should be fired.

  7. Tara Leigh Parks says:

    you know…i have an awful temper when pushed and i know that sometimes you have to defend yourself, even physically. very understandable. but who gets mad over an accident? it is not like Bale snapped and then apologized—he keeps going because he thinks he is THE MAN. his rant is self-serving and sounds like acting class 101. someone should kick his a** a few times. this is all that is—he works out a lot and everyone tells him how tough he is, but if someone who knew how to fight came along, he would learn pretty quick what to make a big deal about. he is a wimp, used to picking on meek men and women, or people who need their jobs. let him spend a day in the South Bronx or go down south and see if he could talk that smack.
    and actors who confuse their characters' behavior with their own are called nutjobs. acting is not therapy; often, actors use it to excuse bad behavior. actors are not the characters they play—that approach takes all the art away from what is meant to be a wonderful form of expression; of building a character and working with others to tell a story. i do not understand why so many people fail to understand this.
    i used to think he was hot, but real tough guys know how to handle.

  8. Brittany says:

    Holy crap! You mean Christian Bale is a human who gets frustrated?! No way!

  9. thomas says:

    I think this little article pretty much gets it right. It's not peculiar to the movie industry, however, this behavior. Maladjusted people in many fields thrive on the social domination aspect of their work. I've certainly seen people who aren't movie stars indulge themselves in this sort of rage. Whether the other person is in the wrong or not, to gratify yourself at the somebody else's expense like this is, well, unprofessional.

  10. chia says:

    He demands that director McG rebuke the DP, then he barks orders like he's the director! "Let's go again!"

  11. rob says:

    Only one person gets to yell on set and that's the DIRECTOR. Not because they're prima donnas or cry babies, but because it's their job. A spoiled brat like Bale needs to learn to shut up. If he has a problem, take it to the people in charge. All these idiot male superstars are the same: Russel Crowe, Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise, and this 6 year-old.

  12. Mark McIntyre says:

    Are you sure it wasn't a tape of former Governor Blagojevich?

  13. p says:

    If you go on Cinematical site you'll see there ARE very valid reasons for DPs to be on the set, further DPs never get yelled at for being a presence. Tweaking the lighting is what they're paid to do and if it's not right, they'll get blamed for that even worse. I'm a huge fan of CB's work btw so this is disturbing.
    Scroll down for a post from 'A Camera Operator.' http://www.cinematical.com/2009/02/02/listen-chri

  14. Used to have more re says:

    Bale's tirade is indefensible. Unless the DP was getting in his face and had done it repeatedly, there is no reason to treat any human like this. And, yes, he's big money right now and something like this will not ruin his career, but crew people stick together. There's a reason why this audio got out. It was no accident, and while someone else might lose a job over it, you can bet it would happen again if he got caught treating another crew member like this. I don't care how stressful the situation is, you should never talk to anyone like that, and if you do, you only talk to a peer like that. You don't talk like that to a guy who cant' say anything back because he knows HE will never work again in the industry while Bale will just go on being an a**.

  15. Pm says:

    I was looking forward to T4. Loved Dark Knight. I don't think I want to see this assholes work anymore. When I was watching the Dark Knight and thought Maggie G. was so emotional, guess she was, but not for the reason we all thought. It had nothing to do with the script. She could probably pick up on the real danger at hand and was scared out of her wits that this (lets just say jerk) might erupt.
    Screw it. Scrap whatever you shot. Get someone else for T4, unless you plan to kill him off during the opening credits.

  16. let'sbepros says:

    Maybe he went on too long, but he was in the right. And in the middle of a super expensive movie that is under pressure to perform, being an idiot crew member can have dire consequences, financially.
    and it's clear that the crew member leaked this to TMZ for revenge. So if you're making a movie, you know who will sell out your production when you're making a movie.

  17. Brent Burk says:

    I still love Bale, he's just very intense.

  18. Dave says:

    This ruined my opinion of Bale forever. He comes across as a complete a–hole.

  19. Former Fan says:

    The hours are invariably long and grueling on set, especially for the DP. His call time is dark thirty. He's there setting up while the actors are still enjoying their beauty sleep, and he'll be there long after they wrap for the day. So, forgive him for not being utterly engrossed in your performance at all times, Mr. Bale. He's busy setting up for the next shot. Okay, he made a mistake. Heaven forbid, he walked into your eyeline. That does not give you the right to chew the guy a new one and humiliate him before the entire crew. THAT is not particularly professional either. What a pathetic, narcissistic, egomaniacal diva-boy you are, Bale. Get over yourself. It's not the Christian Bale show. You're no artist. You're a high-paid parrot. The writers, the directors, the DP's, these are the real artists in film making. These people, especially the DP, they make you look good, pal. Show the man, in fact, show all the real working people on set some respect.

  20. BaleIsAJackass says:

    Unbelievable. I listened to it, and it was extremely uncomfortable. I agree that the duration of his rant was a big red flag. The guy obviously has issues with anger management and verbal abuse. He may have been upset, but to continue ranting and cursing for at least three full minutes nonstop is unprofessional. I wouldn't doubt there are people who won't work with him after they hear this.
    I am sure he had a valid point about the guy walking in front of him, or wherever the guy wasn't supposed to walk. Apparently the guy was a professional in the field for 20 years who should know better. But that doesn't excuse Bale's three-minute tirade at this guy.
    I have a few choice coarse words of my own for Mr. Bale. Mr. Bale, you can go F*** yourself.

  21. Victoria says:

    I don't care whether the DP messed up his sight line. You still don't talk to another human being like that. When the director tried to interject and be peacemaker, Bale went wild. There was a petulance and rage in his voice that was not just embarrassing but disturbing.
    If Bale had been working say as a doctor in a hospital or in an office, he would have been fired.
    He is becoming a monster of Hollywood's making.
    I will never watch Christian Bale with the same appreciation.

  22. jody says:

    Good thing somebody writes his scripts. His language skills are severly limited

  23. Jacan Pigouv says:

    A stunt to ramp up Bale's notoriety in advance of his Terminator role.

  24. Former Bale Fan says:

    What a major douche! Talk about unprofessional behavior!

  25. Stace says:

    How disappointing that the director didn't step in and tell him to shut it. I can't imagine any professional context in which that kind of behavior is acceptable regardless of what the photographer did or did not do. Why do people feel that they have to tolerate it? There is just no excuse for Bale or the director.

  26. karen says:

    Apparently, the guy pissed him off. Please people let us not all pretend as though someone has never pissed us off, before. Let's also not pretend as though we have never ball busted someone, in public before. Get over it……..he is human…..when did humans not have the right to act like humans. Aquarius anger…..who hasn't felt it.

  27. Joy says:

    Wow….what a major douchbag…

  28. ashlee says:

    Just gross! It is so disappointing because I really liked him as an actor before but now it is totally stained by this- what a jerk. I hated the part where he threatened not coming back if he was still on the set- nice way to look after the little guy huh?! He needs to stop taking whatever drugs or pills he is taking (which may be contributing to his anger) and control his rage. Boy, wonder if he talks to his wife that way?! Wonder what happens when she over cooks the chicken.
    He has some serious problems. Funny- didn't something happen with his mother like a year ago or something- there's only one common denominator here.

  29. Rosemary says:

    I am clearly not phased by this tirade…. We are not hearing the other side of this outburst nor are we privy to anything that led up to it… I happen to know that actors work hard to prepare for scenes and that constant or even minor disruptions if they occur often are very annoying. Maybe he could have toned down the language a bit but from what I'm managing to ascertain from this clip, the tirade had been building for a while. We all have days when everything converges and we blow…. Let's all remember that Mr. Bale is a human being and the only thing that he owes any of us is a good performance which he always manages to accomplish….. The person who should be chastised here is the individual who felt the need to make this audio clip public..

  30. Keith says:

    To be fair to Bale, he did go from working with Chris Nolan and Wally Pfister (the paragons of professionalism) to working with McG. Frustration is warranted. ;-p

  31. Brandon says:

    Well, the audio quality is really great, notice that? It sounds like a rehearsal, doesn't it-almost theatrical. This needs to be cut into some film somewhere…. it's funny as heck! If you're offended, get over it. Bale has problems, no doubt, but some people who are the best at what they do are more sensative to even the smallest thing that might impact their product. And, by the way, THIS HAPPENS ON SETS ALL OVER THE INDUSTRY. And, it happens in industries all over the country…….. He was frustrated. This is hardly news. What is news it that it was released……………

  32. Norma says:

    He's a loser!!! I don't care what the people are saying who work in this industry. He was a down right douche bag!! Bale should have his teeth punched down his throat!! What a LOOOOOSER!!

  33. Kris Kachikis says:

    Every set that Bale ever walks on from here on out will carry the cloud of this outburst. Every time he shakes the hand of his grip, his gaffer, and his camera team on a new project this clip will be playing through their minds.
    Crews do stick together and don't forget easily. I'm glad the truth and the clip are out.
    To me this isn't about stars, or the movie business, or sets, or distractions, this is about humanity.

  34. john paxton says:

    hey Geoff,
    Get off your knees or do you think Christian will keep all those promises he made to you about "always being there" and "together forever."

  35. Don Tiny says:

    Wow, what incredible news … Christian Bale is a d!ckhead.
    How peculiar that another Hollywood hack (he's not great, he's just 'a guy' interchangeable with any number of other 'guys') comports himself like a b!tchy prima dona.
    If Bale is so professional, there's no way conceivable that a person walking somewhere in his field of vision is going to so catastrophically ruin his ability to act (or whatever you choose to call it).
    I'm all for giving an @sshole their due (and then some) when they deserve it; problem is that Bale gave it, he didn't receive it. I'm sure it's a high-point in his career, running down someone 'beneath' him.
    Screw him, and screw anyone who thinks he's anywhere in the neighborhood of being 'in the right' on this issue.

  36. Johnny Ryker says:

    Many of us have difficult jobs. Is working as a waitress, a nurse, an emergency room doctor, an airline pilot, an air traffic controller, a cattle rancher any less stressful than being an actor? NO. Stress on the job is not an excuse to behave like an immature idiot. That kind of tirade would have led to serious consequences in many professions. But because Bale's a big box office draw this kind of narcissistic behavior is sometimes tolerated.
    Can you imagine a true professional actor like a Paul Newman ever having behaved this way? I don't think so. I wonder what would happen to Bale if he ever went off like that on a set directed by Clint Eastwood?

  37. oakmonster says:

    Just like when someone mess with you when you are trying count out something and having to start over again, if someone messes with your hard work, wouldn't you be miffed too?
    An actor's work is, well, acting. He's not just standing out there doing nothing. Everyone respects your colleague when you work in the office. Same goes on the set, I'm sure.
    Yeah, Bale's rant is unnecessarily long winded and immature. But I'd be pissed too if someone mess with my work like that. Everyone has his/her breaking point. Lord knows how many takes before this he had to do or what condition of the shot it was in.

  38. LAFan says:

    For all of you who are complaining about Bale's behavior, just think back to a moment that you got incredibly fed up with something, and maybe you'll sympathize – especially if it's something that you have spent a lot of time working on and perfecting. I have no doubt that some of you would react the same way, so cut the guy a break. This probably isn't the first time the DoP has done something like this based on his reaction.

  39. Memphis says:

    For those saying "Haven't you gone off on someone before?" Umm, like this? No. Never. This goes beyond the boundaries of socially acceptable or normal behavior under any circumstances. We as a nation have laws protecting INMATES in our justice system from treatment such as this.
    Especially with the way our world is today, I don't care if it is the CEO of a financial corporation, the person serving coffee at McDonald's or someone making a movie; not one of us is more valuable a human being than the other.

  40. suzi says:

    Leave the guy alone. This is between him and the guy he was yelling at. Everyone has had a bad day and taken it out on someone ( deserved or not?). The real bad guy here is the one who leaked this to the news, I would like to know who that was. It was a very serious scene and very intense and when he got pulled out of character for no good reason he lost it. I could understand that. Before you judge someone lets go around and tape all your conversations 24hrs a day and then lets see what happens.
    Leave the guy alone, he did nothing that was that news worthy!
    Love you Christian and we still support you!

  41. eva says:

    I have been reading some of your comments and how ridiculous some of you are. Wether you have "gone off on someone" before or not doesn't matter. Yes – He did it, I am sure he regrets it especially since everyone has heard it now. But its part of his personality and we should leave him alone. We don't know what happened before this to set him off and its none of our business. If the guy he yelled at can't stand up for himself and can't give it back to Bale then maybe he felt he was in the wrong by interupting the scene again.
    Everyone has fights and then moves on. So lets move on people.
    Who's the idiot who released this to the news….very selfish person.
    Christian we still love you!

  42. WOW.. some of you people need to relax. First off.. How can you even comment on something like this. You where not even there. Can you even hear the Directors reactions? NO.. you dont even know what he is saying or if he is causing the argument to carry on.
    Not only that, you can hear Bale saying it happened more then once by that same director.
    The director has been doing this for 20 years, he should know better then to be distracting the scene.
    You people dont even know how hard it is to stay in character, remember your lines, and put it all together hoping you get it righ the first time. To me it sounds like he has to shoot that scene three times and all because of the Director. I would be pissed too!!
    Do you think Bale has nothing better to do then to retake scenes all day long because of someone else?
    And who is the child in this one? Obviously the Director is trying to pull a childish move by posting this audio, its like tatle tailing… Very immature if you ask me.

  43. plasticanimalz says:

    He's a good actor, but what a jerk.

  44. Method Actor says:

    Clearly he lost it, but frankly this is "showbiz". Can you imagine you get into the scene of a make believe movie like Terminator and then some guy is walking around? They always have it quiet and still on the set for crimeny sakes. Sure he was ticked off, but that DP guy should have known better AND the Director should have taken care of it, he didn't so Bale did. I bet that guy doesn't ever do it again. And who hasn't had their behind chewed by a "superior" in their job? Maybe not w/ so many F words, but who hasn't been dressed down by somebody.

  45. Tom says:

    Yeah, he threw a fit, but given that the guy has so much experience he should no better than to interfere in a scene.

  46. ModDem says:

    Some of you don't get it. Anyone who loses it like this is not right in the head. Sorry, but defending him because he's a good actor [or something] is no excuse. People do not talk to co-workers like this. If I was the director I would consider throwing Bale off the set. But here is the problem. If a DP or any other person on the set loses it like Bale did they would be fired instantly. But Bale gets the VIP treatment no matter what he does. That is the problem with Hollywood. They excuse the worst behavior of their royalty but could not care less about everyone else.
    News for some of you. Most DP and crew work a lot harder than the actors and are paid much much less.

  47. no more Bale 4 me says:

    What a bunch of celebrity obsessed sheep commenting here. Bale is a douchebag, he's no better than Tom Cruise. The apologists on here are just as delusional as Bale is. He's an overpaid actor, end of story. He's in a stupid action film, big freaking deal. He's not curing cancer or fixing the economy. It's not art either, he can be as serious as he wants, it's still big budget garbage, not Cinema. The crew deserves recognition for all their underpaid babysitting.

  48. Paul says:

    The guy is a bully.

  49. Dave says:

    This ruined my opinion of Bale forever. He comes across as a complete a–hole.

  50. Corey says:

    First this was never supposed to be leaked. You don't think incidents like this happen all the time in Hollywood? Then you're crazy. He's human, which means he has emotions. He was in the middle of a scene for Terminator, his adrenaline is flowing and he's in character. I'm sure everyone one of you have gotten angry and overreacted. You can even hear in his voice, that he has his American and Welsh accidents colliding. This stuff happens all the time, but since it's Hollywood it get zoomed in on. I'm sure he'll feel bad about it and I'm sure he will apologize. I bet he even apologized to him shortly after, it was just the heat of the moment.

  51. Amanda says:

    They always have it quiet and still on the set for crimeny sakes. Sure he was ticked off, but that DP guy should have known better AND the Director should have taken care of it, he didn't so Bale did. I bet that guy doesn't ever do it again.
    Oh please the DP has to walk around, setting lights etc. Are you freaking kidding me? And if he's walking around then apparently they aren't shooting. The man is just acting like a damn fool. Christian Bale has been an actor for how many years now? So he should know better himself.
    And yes the guy probably did do it again, because duh he is doing his job.
    News for some of you. Most DP and crew work a lot harder than the actors and are paid much much less.
    Hell yes. I have worked as crew on a set and the crew are there way before the actors even wake up. Hell I have worked on crew that started 4 or 5 sometimes 6 in the morning. The thing is that most people don't realize that the actors come in later. An actor could come in to do a few scenes. The actor might come in a couple of hours after the crew or maybe 3 in the afternoon work a few hours and leave where as the crew are there sometimes till midnight. If you want to see some grueling work find a job as a P. A.
    Ever done the 48 hour festival? Ever stayed up literally 24 hours(crew) where as actors come in at certain times do their scenes and leave go to sleep and come back while the crew are still working and the EMT has passed out because of being tired.lol (The guy doing the film is a pro)
    And yes I've also acted and it can be hard, but seriously couldn't he just pulled the guy to the side if he had a problem with him? That's what grown ups are taught to do at work. I think he had issues and he just found someone to take it out on who was doing what he was supposed to do. And if he's having a hard time concentrating then it's probably him not the DP, because no one, but Bale is going crazy.

  52. Nick says:

    I would've liked to have had a mic on every side of this argument so we could know what the DP was saying to the actor.
    Actors freak out all the time. This is news?

  53. Victoria says:

    I don’t care whether the DP messed up his sight line. You still don’t talk to another human being like that. When the director tried to interject and be peacemaker, Bale went wild. There was a petulance and rage in his voice that was not just embarrassing but disturbing.
    If Bale had been working say as a doctor in a hospital or in an office, he would have been fired.
    He is becoming a monster of Hollywood’s making.
    I will never watch Christian Bale with the same appreciation.

  54. Tom says:

    Yeah, he threw a fit, but given that the guy has so much experience he should no better than to interfere in a scene.

  55. Holly says:

    I can't believe some of you are actually defending this tool with comments such as, "Haven't you ever gone off on someone?" Where do you people work that it's ok to talk to a co-worker like this? I'm a Senior Accountant in a professional office and if I ever talked to a fellow employee like this, I'd be handed my coat and hat on the way out the door. His rant did not fit the situation at all. I don't care if the guy was doing jumping jacks in his line of sight; he completely over-reacted. He wasn't talking to someone who cut him off in traffic. He was talking to someone he was working with. Someone needs to tell these Hollywood egomaniacs what most of us in the real world already know. Everyone can be replaced and you are not that special. For all of you making excuses for this guy, I feel sorry for your co-workers.

  56. The Rake says:

    It would be nice to be finally past all of this. It is bad and disappointing for Bale and maybe good for gossip, but in the end, I dont think this will affect any Batman viewership or anything of that ilk. Or T4 for that matter. We try to wrap up the topic, here. http://thefilmnest.com/2009/02/putting-bales-blow
    Enjoy.
    The Rake

  57. Boo says:

    This was totally off base, I don't care how distracting it was. No one should ever speak to another person like that in a professional environment, if ever. I imagine Christian was not popular with the crew since the sound guy decided to capture this and then release it. People don't hold grudges like that unles you've really pissed them off. I say good that its out and maybe makes people think twice about him, maybe it will teach him to have more respect for the people who, arguably, work a lot harder than him to get his "art" (Terminator….) made and distributed to the masses. Everyone, including the fans, forgets that without all of the non-famous, un-glamorous people that work tirelessly none of this entertainment would exist and no actors anywhere would have jobs (stage or film). Respect your crew!

  58. Craig Ranapia says:

    Holly:
    Well, if you'd dismount from the moral high horse for a second, I do live in the "real world" and consider myself a professional. I've worked in the media where (yes) there have been personality clashes, acting out divas and drama queens of both sexes, and staff meetings where, to put it politely, Emily Post would have left the room in a body bag. I'd respectfully suggest that if I wanted to settle a few scores by covertly recording others and releasing it to You Tube, I'd not only be unemployed, but unemployable and facing multiple law suits for breech of privacy, illegal bugging and various employment issues.
    And I'd like to play the devil's advocate, and put up a hypothetical. On the schedule is an FX-and-pyrotechnics heavy scene, where everything and everyone has to work with split-second precision. Bale screws it up he's totally unprepared. He cops an earful from the DP who might be totally out of line, but is also entitled to be a little ticked off that he's wasted his time and money because another jerk couldn't be bothered acting professionally. Don't think too much sympathy would be flowing Bale's way.

  59. chas speed says:

    To all the people who are defending Bale (notice it's mostly women), how would you feel if you were at work and someone screamed at you for 5 minutes and threatened to attack you? You can't threaten people at the workplace. It's the law. The studio could be sued for millions if they allow someone to get away with that. People have the right to work without being threatened with violence.

  60. Craig Ranapia says:

    Chas Speed:
    Fair question, and here's my response:
    1) First, and most importantly, I'd walk away — not hang around trying to justify myself to someone who obviously is in no mood to listen. It might also not be the moment to try and have the last word.
    2) If I had genuine concerns for my physical safety, I wouldn't be waiting for over a year to release audio of the incident to the internet.
    3) I'd also give everyone a few minutes to chill, and then try to separate out what legitimate issues might be there from the outburst. You can deplore how someone expresses themselves, while still acknowledging they've got a fair beef.
    While two wrongs don't make a right, I wouldn't blame Hurlbut for getting pretty hostile if Bale was constantly hanging out on set with his crew and they weren't getting their work done. As Geoff pointed out, it strikes me as something of a no-brainer that you stay the hell out of an actor's eye-line during a take.

  61. chas speed says:

    Craig Ranapie, So you think the DP was wrong to stik around and say he was sorry to Bale. Did you even lsten to the tape? Who knows what Bale would have done if the DP had walked away and not taken Bale's abuse. The DP did not release the tape. It had been sent to an insurance company and someone with the company leaked it. Yes, the DP probably made a mistake by getting in his eye line, that's why they can do more then one take in a movie. If someone did that everytime you made a mistake at work would you defend them?

  62. Craig Ranapia says:

    Chas:
    Yes I did listen to the tape, and it took me about all of fifteen seconds to get that Harbut wasn't doing anything much beyond inflaming the situation. A wee bit of passive-aggressive goading going on? Perhaps.
    And it's now "someone" at an insurance company who leaked the tape to TMZ? Well, perhaps the insurance company should be getting a letter from a studio lawyer, reminding them of California state and federal law regarding the confidentiality of insurance records.

  63. Craig Ranapia says:

    And if Messers Bale, McG and Harbut's people want to get in touch with my… me, I could offering them a few hints on how adults resolve conflicts in the workplace. Bale might be catching all the s**t here, but I don't think anyone comes out of this on the moral high ground.

  64. Holly says:

    Craig:
    First, you are entitled to your opinion but since the majority of posts on this sight see it the same way I do, maybe your "real world" job is one of the few in the country where people are allowed to treat each other like trash. Just because I don't work in an office where people are unprofessional, rude and a frankly a little psychotic, does not mean I'm on a "moral high horse". It just means I work with a classier group of people than you do.
    Second, you may consider yourself a professional, but if you treat people like Bale does, I doubt others see you that way.
    Third, your point about taping and releasing this rant is totally irrelevant since the DP did neither.
    Finally, your hypothetical is just that, a hypothetical. It's totally immaterial. Your saying Bale can act like an ass because someday, something might happen and the situation would be reversed. If the DP acted the way Bale did, I'd think him just as big a jerk.

  65. Holly says:

    Craig:
    First, you are entitled to your opinion but since the majority of posts on this sight see it the same way I do, maybe your "real world" job is one of the few in the country where people are allowed to treat each other like trash. Just because I don't work in an office where people are unprofessional, rude and a frankly a little psychotic, does not mean I'm on a "moral high horse". It just means I work with a classier group of people than you do.
    Second, you may consider yourself a professional, but if you treat people like Bale does, I doubt others see you that way.
    Third, your point about taping and releasing this rant is totally irrelevant since the DP did neither.
    Finally, your hypothetical is just that, a hypothetical. It's totally immaterial. You're saying Bale can act like an ass because someday, something might happen and the situation would be reversed. If the DP acted the way Bale did, I'd think him just as big a jerk.

  66. Handel Pepper says:

    um, i don't know guys. it's totally an overreaction, but he's obviously hyper-serious about his art. and if you watch his work, he's kind of a genius. anger issues? sure. acting like a big baby? totally. abusive, hostile, total dickwindmill? yes yes yes. but who are you guys to judge? for me, i know i don't take anything that seriously, so i'm not going to criticize. love his work.

  67. UberCynic says:

    Some actors get all snooty and supremely arrogant specifically because of the industry that has grown up around sucking up to them and advertising the film industry. All that brown nosing goes to their heads. Then these actors forget that they're merely jugglers and minstrels, mindless entertainment to provide a little distraction or a giggle for people. Personally, I have far more respect for the writers, producers, special effects guys, computer effects guys, and the others who actually have to work. All the actors do is wear costumes created by other people and read lines written by other people.

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