Apologetic Christian Bale Calls F-Bomb Tirade ‘Inexcusable’

Christian Bale

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updated 02/06/2009 AT 2:35 PM ET

originally published 02/06/2009 AT 2:40 PM ET

Christian Bale apologized repeatedly Friday for his 36 F-bomb meltdown on the Terminator Salvation set, labeling his behavior “inexcusable” and “deeply embarrassing.”

“It’s been a miserable week for me,” Bale, 35, said on The Kevin & Bean Show on KROQ-FM in Los Angeles.

In an audiotape that has swept the Internet (and become fodder for satirical music remixes), Bale is heard unleashing a four-minute profanity-laced verbal assault at the film’s director of photography, Shane Hurlbut, who accidentally entered Bale’s sight lines during shooting.

“I was out of order, beyond belief,” Bale tells KROQ. “I acted like a punk. I regret that … It is inexcusable.”

The tirade, he says, stemmed from his intensity and enthusiasm for acting, but that “I made it ugly. I took it way too far.”

“Please, I am asking people, do not allow my onetime lapse in judgment, my incredibly embarrassing meltdown, to overshadow this movie,” he says.

Adds Bale: “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?’”

As for the mocking and criticism he’s received since the tape was revealed, he says, “I deserve it completely.”

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