‘Sorry’ Psycho: Chistian Bale speaks out about going nuts

February 8, 2009 in Entertainment by pacejmiller

Batman's not acting so tough anymore

Batman's not acting so tough anymore

It was only a matter of time. 

Dark Knight Christian Bale finally spoke out on US radio about his ‘inexcusable’ rant, in which he was caught on tape going berserk on cinematographer Shane Hurlbut on the set of Terminator Salvation.

Batman admits he was a ‘punk’

Bale went on KROQ, an LA-based radio station, saying that he acted “like a punk” and “was out of order beyond belief.”  The embarrassed actor admitted he had a “potty mouth” and that he was hurt by the criticisms since the tape became public.  “The thing that disturbs me so much is that I’ve heard a lot of people saying that I seem to think that I’m better than anybody else,” Bale says.   “Nothing could be further from the truth. I am a very lucky and that is why I put so much into what I do, and why I care so much about it and why sometimes my enthusiasm just goes awry.”

Bale conceded: It’s been a miserable week for me…I regret that and there is nobody that has heard that tape that has been hit harder by it.”

No excuses

Despite saying that he made no excuses for his actions, Bale explained that the scene in which he flipped out was the key to the story, in which he was trying to convey the madness his character John Connor inherited from his mother, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton from the first two Terminator movies).

“Please, I want to make it clear,” Bale pleaded.  “I am embarrassed by it. I regret it. I ask everybody to sit down and ask themselves if they have ever had a bad day and lost their temper and really regretted it immensely.”

Please see the movie!

Bale was particularly concerned that his outburst would have a negative impact on the film at the Box Office.  “I’m asking people, please do not allow my one-time lapse in judgment, my incredibly embarrassing meltdown, to overshadow this movie and to have all of those people’s hard work  go to waste.”

(NB: are you kidding?  I want to see this film more than ever now!)

They’ve made up

Bale also says that he and his victim Shane Hurlbut have since reconciled and that they have “resolved this completely”.

According to Bale, they continued to work for a number of hours after the rant and for “at least a month after that,” adding “there is no problem whatsoever.”

He even had some kind words for the cinematographer:  “I’ve seen a rough cut of the movie and he has done a wonderful job. It looks fantastic.”

Batman’s sister says he needs help

You may recall last year that Bale was arrested for allegedly assaulting his sister Sharon and mother Jenny, but was released by police after a few hours of questioning.  Well, Sharon thought her brother’s embarrassing outburst was the perfect opportunity to rub salt into the wound.

According to the Telegraph, Sharon is “concerned” for her brother.  “It’s terribly sad,” she said.  “I feel for him. He seems to be incredibly stressed and angry at the moment. This sort of behaviour is totally out of character and I think he might need help.” 

Of course, she couldn’t help but remind everyone of last year’s incident. “People might now realise that is his temper: they might understand a bit more. I wish he hadn’t carried this on so long or so fiercely. It was upsetting to hear him.”

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I’ve been a huge fan of Bale since American Psycho, and I believe he’s sincere and we should give the guy a break and support the new movie (we can judge for ourselves just how intense the scene really was!).  He obviously has some anger control issues, but so did Bruce Wayne and Patrick Bateman, and we still love them both.

PS: For those who have not been fortunate enough to hear the legendary rant yet, you can check it out here.  Also, do yourself a favour if you haven’t heard of RevoLucian’s awesome remix of the rant.  It’s one of the best songs I’ve heard lately.  Really.