Has anyone ever recorded you delivering an expletive-ridden rant to one of your colleagues whilst hard at work in the office?
If you have, you’re not alone.
Christian Bale was caught on tape engaging in a venomous tirade at one of the film crew whilst filming the Terminator: Salvation movie.
The actor laid into a director of photography who accidentally disrupted an important scene that he was trying to film by way of a four minute meltdown that contained no less than 39 uses of the F-word.
Bale unleashed abuse and threats as his colleagues attempted to diffuse the situation and the resulting clip became an internet sensation.
The rant was primarily aimed at the director of photography, Shane Hurlbut, who can be seen apologising and explaining that he was trying to check one of the lights, but Bale continued with his outburst regardless.
At one point in the recording Bale says: “Do you want me to go f*cking trash your lights? Do you want me to f*cking trash them? Then why are you trashing my scene? You do it one more f*cking time and I ain’t walking on this set if you’re still hired. I’m f*cking serious.”
Film executives sent a copy of the video recording to their insurers as evidence in case Bale did walk out and the associate producer of the film, Bruce Franklin defended the actor’s behaviour by saying: “If you are working in a very intense scene and someone takes you out of your groove… it was the most emotional scene in the movie, he is very intensely involved in his character. He didn’t walk around like that all day long. It was just a moment and it passed. He is so dedicated to the craft. The art of acting is not paint by numbers, it’s an art form.”
Have a look at the video clip below and ask yourself what would happen to you in the workplace if you yelled and screamed at your colleagues. It’s fair to say that HR may instruct you to seek some anger management training as well as some salvation!