Terminator's Christian Bale apologizes: 'I acted like a punk.'

Christian Bale—who was caught on audio ranting at a crew member during the filming of Terminator Salvation—apologized today in a surprise interview on Los Angeles radio station KROQ's Kevin and Bean morning show. (You can find the complete audio at the link above.)

Bale was very contrite in his statements. "It's been a miserable week for me," Bale told hosts Kevin Ryder and Gene "Bean" Baxter. He added: "Listen, I know I have a potty mouth; everybody knows that now. ... The thing that I really want to stress is I have no confusion whatsoever. I was out of order beyond belief. I was way out of order. I acted like a punk. I regret that. There is nobody that has heard that tape that is hit harder by it than me. I make no excuses for it. It is inexcusable. I hope that that is absolutely clear."

Bale also said the rant came during a time he was trying to channel Sarah Connor's inner nutball, as her son, John, and that he mixed up his character and real life. Bale also tried to stress that he doesn't feel like he's better than other people.

The apology, which came as a surprise on the morning radio show, comes amid widespread news reports about the on-set meltdown and speculation that it could harm Bale's popularity, the prospects for the movie and possible award nominations.

Terminator Salvation opens May 22.

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