Christian Bale says he is “deeply” embarrassed by his f-bomb-laced tirade on the set of his new film Terminator: Salvation.
In a call made to L.A.’s KROQ-FM, Bale admitted that his behavior was “inexcusable.”
“It’s been a miserable week for me,” Bale, 35, admitted. “I was out of order, beyond belief. I acted like a punk. I regret that. There is nobody who has heard that tape that has been hit harder by it than me.”
Last summer, just a few days after he was arrested and accused of assaulting his mother and sister in London, the Dark Knight star, 34, reportedly went in to a verbal tirade against Shane Hurlbut, the director of photography for the Terminator: Salvation film.
According to the recently released audio tape, Bale screamed for nearly four minutes in a profanity-laced rage at Hurlbut when he accidentally walked on set.
But Bale said his freak out was due to the intense nature of his craft.
Still, admitting that he “made it ugly,” he asked fans to overlook the situation in favor of the film.
“Please, I am asking people, do not allow my onetime lapse in judgment, my incredibly embarrassing meltdown, to overshadow this movie. … I ask everybody to sit down and ask themselves, ‘Have they ever had a bad day and ever lost their temper and really regretted it immensely?’”
Bale also told the Kevin and Bean show on KROQ 106.7 that he and Hurlbut reconciled and worked together for another month following the tirade.
But Bale does have a bit of a sense of humor, telling fans to “feel free to make fun of me at my expense. I deserve it completely.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.