That’s how one of Nicky Finke’s commentators described the Christian Bale tirade that’s been making the rounds.
His little outburst illustrates a number of things that bug me about actors.
First of all, actors don’t seem to realize this is a collaborative medium. Notice his use of my: “You’re fucking up my scene.” He refers to “your lights,” as though the lighting is somehow separate from the scene.
Secondly, what is this bizarre rule about actor’s eyelines? Why do they have the attention span of squirrels? Everyone else has to put up with distractions at work.
They’re actors. Can’t they just act like there’s not a DP adjusting lights in front of them? They’re already ignoring the camera and sound guy and all of that stuff. How big of a deal is it?
And seriously, that kind of explosive anger is unnecessary in any circumstance that doesn’t involve people dying. I mean, he’s not actually leading mankind in a war against machines. Calm down, dude.