A four-minute profane rant from Bale while on the set of
towards Director Of Photography Shane Hurlbut, for adjusting the lighting during a scene.
Bale called in live to Los Angeles Radio station
and chatted candidly with two DJs who’d been poking fun at the leaked recording of the actor. He offered a lengthy apology:
"I was out of order beyond belief. I was way out of order. I acted like a punk. I regret that. It's been a miserable week for me.
There is nobody who has heard that tape who has been hit harder than me. The one 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.
Nothing could be farther from the truth. I am a lucky man, I never forget that and that is why I put so much into what I do, and why I care so much about it and why sometimes that enthusiasm just goes awry. I make no excuses for it. It is inexcusable.
Please, if anybody ever sees that I really am thinking that I'm better than anybody else, stick a fork in my backside, turn me over, I will be done. That is not me.
I know some people are thinking, 'I'm not going to see this movie' because they think I'm a prima donna. Everybody worked so hard on this movie. Please, don't allow my incredibly embarrassing meltdown to overshadow this movie and to have all of those people's hard work go to waste.
Finally addressing the
hosts who’d made fun of him: “I also appreciate you making fun of it," he said. "I had it coming. Feel free to make fun of me at my expense. I deserve it completely.”
What It Reveals:
Bale took his ego out of the equation, ate down a huge helping of humble pie and shared the aftermath of such a painful embarrassment live on air. This was definitely not your standard issue apology.
The actor held himself completely accountable, had a good sense of humour about his hothead ravings (even encouraging it from others) and ultimately revealed he’s human like the rest of us.