Christian Bale regrets signing on to star in the critically-panned Terminator Salvation, insisting he has no interest in working with filmmaker McG ever again.
Bale portrayed lead character John Connor in the fourth instalment of the sci-fi franchise, but the 2009 action film was poorly received by critics and failed to match the box office success of the first three movies in the series.
The release was also overshadowed by news of Bale’s on-set meltdown, which hit headlines when an audio cassette of the rant was leaked online in 2008.
The recording featured the angry actor hurling abuse at the film’s director of photography Shane Hurlbut, after he stepped into Bale’s line of vision to correct a lighting problem during a tense scene.
Bale, who subsequently apologized for his foul-mouthed outburst, now admits he had his reservations about working with Joseph McGinty Nichol, aka McG, and only took on the job after an emotional plea from the director.
Bale tells the Wall Street Journal Magazine, “He goes, ‘Give me a chance. Everyone needs to evolve, and I need to turn over a new leaf. And please, you must’ve been in this position before yourself, when someone has taken a leap of faith on you,’ – which I have – ‘please do that for me now; I promise you, I’m ready for it’.”
Asked if he was right to take a chance on McG, he replies, “There’s a lot of room for many approaches and many characters within the film industry. I won’t be working with him again, but I wish him very well.”