In July 2008, Christian Bale was filming a scene in New Mexico for the film Terminator Salvation with actress Bryce Dallas Howard. The film's director of photography, Shane Hurlbut, walked into Bale's line of sight, and the actor proceeded to yell obscenities at Hurlbut.
Bale said he would quit the film if Hurlbut repeated the error and was not subsequently fired. Hurlbut responded calmly and apologized several times to Bale, and continued shooting for seven hours after the incident.
After Bale's outburst went public, Bale appeared as a guest on Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM, where he was asked about the altercation.
Christian Bale has apologised unreservedly for his widely-reported rant on the set of the new Terminator movie, calling it "inexcusable" and admitting "I acted like a punk".
In a lengthy apology, Bale, who admitted the past week had been "miserable" for him, told presenters Kevin Ryder and Gene "Bean" Baxter: "I was out of order beyond belief. I make no excuses for it."
He added: "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.
It was pretty much the case closed until Sharon Stone brought it back into the lime light.
The Basic Instinct actress made an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night (March 24) and was seen defending Christian Bale.
She expressed that a lot of people don’t get what it takes for actors to do their jobs, “or that you have to have a small protected space to do that.”
“Many people are trying to get so much else from you while you’re doing that that you almost feel like you’re gonna snap and you’re criticized if you do snap,” she said.
“I would not say so much for myself, but I can certainly say that I see that with such brilliant actors, like maybe Christian Bale, who completely transforms himself into someone else, whether he’s playing George Bush or whether he’s playing an anorexic or whether he’s playing an O.C.D. stockbroker, he becomes a different person.”
Well Sharon may well claim that she was tricked to do the famous basic instinct scene but justifying someones meltdown and out of order behavior does raise eyebrows. Tell us what you think