So unless you're living in a cave somewhere, by now you've heard the recording of Christian Bale's rant last year on the set of Terminator: Salvation where he goes off on director of photography Shane Hurlbut for allegedly distracting him during filming. (Audio is here, but it's definitely NSFW unless you work some place really laid back about cussing.) By now you've probably also seen everyone weigh in on how awful and/or awesome it was, or how right or wrong it was, so this isn't really about that. No, the thing of more interest to me is what new and/or enlightening information can be learned if you listen closely enough.
1. Turning on the news in the U.S. last summer (when this recording was made) sure made it seem like every argument that took place in mid-2008 was all, "Blah blah blah politics!"? Yet, here's proof that it wasn't so!
2. McG apparently wants people to call him McG. Like, on an interpersonal level. And in all seriousness. It's goofy looking enough on a credit screen, but at least then it looks sort of trademarky. It's also sort of understandable that he's referred to as McG in the media, because for better or for worse, that's what he's known as now, and nobody would know what the hell Mary Hart was talking about if she suddenly started calling him Joseph Nichol. It was even funny in the "Hollywood Babylon" episode of Supernatural where an actor played McG. But in real life? In person? Douchey.
3. Christian Bale hasn't been a guest on Inside the Actors Studio, but thanks to the recording you can pretty much figure out what most of his answers would be for that questionnaire segment.
4. As it turns out, you can say nice things to people in the middle of tearing them a new one. "You're a nice guy," Bale says to Hurlbut, not once but twice in the midst of all the fuckity-fucks.
5. Also, it seems it's entirely possible to be really angry and insult someone named "Hurlbut" without riffing on said name as part of the insult. (i.e., "I'm going to hurl your butt out of here!") Who knew?
6. With the brouhaha over Bale and all the "Ooh, cool killer robots!" I temporarily sort of forgot anyone else was in this movie. He mentions Bryce (Dallas Howard) by name, though, so I guess she's still in there. Still, though: cool killer robots!
What have you learned from Christian Bale?