...In Defense of Christian Bale

The following is an opinion piece: For those of you who haven't heard yet, yesterday a sound file from the set of Terminator: Salvation was leaked to TMZ.com who posted it online. The clip featured a four minute tirade by Terminator star Christian Bale, who was heard screaming at (director of photography) Shane Hurlbut for disturbing his focus during a scene.

The clip can be heard here: http://www.aolcdn.com/tmz_audio/020209_christianbale.mp3

Following the release of the sound byte, a tidal wave of internet hell-fire & hate was directed at Bale...


This man deserves a standing ovation and a footrub from every actor on this planet. He is a martyr for our art.

The openness, intimacy and concentration required for me (personally) to act in a scene leaves me with a feeling of  complete vulnerability. There is nothing more infuriating than having a crew member destroy any sense of atmosphere for the scene being worked on, by either cracking a joke, yawning, or wandering behind Bryce Dallas Howard and staring at a light, you name it.

Respect for acting. That's what it comes down to. It sounds so lame to say, but it's true. From my point of view, Christian Bale was the kid who beat up the Bully in the schoolyard. The Bully being the collective ignorance of crew members around the world.

Don't take this is a bitchfest, 95% of the films I have worked on have been wonderful, constructive environments to create in, but there's that 5% out there, that really makes me want to go Christian Bale on your ass.