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Christian Bale on Working With Heath Ledger, Going 'Too Far'

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Christian Bale doesn't have a mellow bone in his body.

“I’ve never been laid back and cool at all," the "Dark Night' star told Esquire UK in their June issue. "I always expend a lot of energy and get very hot over things."

FOXNews.com got a sneak peek at the issue, which goes on sale tomorrow - in England.

In it, Bale expounds on his infamous four-minute tirade on the set of "Terminator: Salvation," caught on tape and transmitted across the globe earlier this year.

PHOTOS: Cool new pics of Christan Bale in Esquire.

"It’s not excusable what I did. I went way overboard. A lot of it was to do with the scene we were doing and stupid as it may sound to a lot of people, my character was going through a great deal in that particular scene. The person on the receiving end is a grown man. Believe me, he really wasn’t fazed by it.”

But Bale says he's not making excuses.

"Like I said, I had it coming. It should never have been recorded. It was recorded for jollies. But I’m not trying to cover up. So there’s not embarrassment in that I wanted to keep it hidden. I’d done it in front of a whole lot of people. I take full responsibility for it. I’ve never said anything different. I’m not blaming it on anything. I took it a bit too far.”

Bale plays it a little more close to the best when it comes to the alleged hotel assault involving his sister and mother that landed him being questioned for four hours in a police station on the eve of the European premiere of "The Dark Night" last July.

“I just think it’s a family matter. That’s the end of it. I will not take part in this gossip nation, you know?"

Bale was also reticent to even watch coverage of the death of his good friend and "Dark Knight" co-star Heath Ledger.

"I paid no attention to it. I knew him, I knew the family and why the hell would I sit there listening to idiots who don’t know anything at all? I literally didn’t read anything, didn’t watch anything [after he died]. If I happened to be watching anything that came on, I switched over straightaway. It’s incredible the way the voyeuristic outlook is accepted as news.”

Bale says Ledger was one of his few friends in the industry.

“Many times I’ll work with actors and I can tell they’re thinking, “What are you doing? Why are you going that far with it?” or “You’re nuts!” With Heath, I could feel him going, “I love it!” It felt like we were really pushing each other on, to the limits of where you can go with it. He was a good guy. There’s not a lot of actors who I stay in touch with. But Heath was one of them."

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