14:59 of Bale-Gate — the once amusing, now slightly tiresome fiasco centering around a leaked on-set tirade Christian Bale let loose on alleged-asshole cinematographer Shane Hurlbut?
Bale apparently just called in a few minutes ago to L.A.’s KROQ. JustJared has the transcript.
“It’s been a miserable week for me. I know I have a pottymouth, everybody knows that now. I have no confusion whatsoever. I was out of order beyond belief, I was way out of order. I acted like a punk, I regret that and there is nobody that has heard that tape that has been hit harder by it [than me]. I make no excuses for it, it is inexcusable and I hope that is absolutely clear.” Christian continues, “One thing that has really disturbed me throughout this is I’m not familiar or comfortable with this notion of being a movie star. I’m an actor and I’m don’t quite know how to handle [the movie star thing]. The thing that disturbs me so much is that I’ve heard a lot of people saying that I seem to think I’m better than anybody else. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I’m a lucky SOB. I never forget that and that is why I put so much into what I do and I care so much about it . Sometimes that enthusiasm just goes awry.” Mr. Bale ended, “I am embarrassed by it and I regret it. And 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?’”
Yup, we have. PS, you can hear the entire apology here.
“There are so many people who have given opinions of this, but none of them were there,” Bale said trying to provide context, but not seeking excuses. “The scene we were doing… I was trying to show in-the-blood craziness of [Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor character]and it went very wrong. [The crew, including Shane Hurlbut] they know the reasons [behind what I was going for], I got annoyed, and then what happened, i made it ugly and that was awful of me. I took it way too far.”
Bale Thinks He’s John Connor?
“I completely mixed up fact from fiction, I’m half Christian Bale, I’m half John Connor… and we all heard exactly what [happened]”
Bale and Hurlbut Are Cool
“We have resolved this completely, that very day. [Hurlbut’s] done a wonderful job on that movie. We worked together for at least a month after that.We saw each other [two weeks ago] and everything is resolved between us. He has done a wonderful professional job.”
Bale urges any fans who thought of skipping the film because of his outburst to reconsider. “Please, do not allow my… incredibly embarrassing meltdown to overshadow this movie. Too many people worked too hard and it’s too great of a mythology.”
How method. Best week ever? Ok, now we can get back to the real world of film appreciation with some snide remarks. McG, please don’t add your two cents and drag this on. As you were.