UPDATED: Terminator Salvation's Christian Bale drops nuclear F-bombs

[Check out the updates in the jump.]

TMZ.com reported last summer that Terminator Salvation star Christian Bale went ballistic at director of photography Shane Hurlbut while filming a scene in New Mexico—and on Monday the site posted what it says is the actual F-bomb-laden audio of that fracas.

The audio, if genuine, is not for the squeamish and certainly not suitable for work. It features what sounds like Bale ranting about a ruined scene and berating Hurlbut and director McG.

But some, including the New York Post, question the audio's authenticity, suggesting that it's a put-on.

Bale's Terminator Salvation opens May 22.

[Update: Bruce Franklin, an assistant director and associate producer on Terminator Salvation, appears to confirm the authenticity of the audio and tells E! News that Bale, a "consummate professional," just had a bad day:

"If you are working in a very intense scene and someone takes you out of your groove ... It was the most emotional scene in the movie. And for him to get stopped in the middle of it. He is very intensely involved in his character. He didn't walk around like that all day long. It was just a moment and it passed. ... This was my second movie with Christian, and it has always been a good experience with him. He is so dedicated to the craft. I think someone is begging to make some noise about this, but I don't think it's fair. The art of acting is not paint by numbers, it's an art form."]

[Update 2: What Would Tyler Durden Do? has posted the inevitable remix of the Bale audio, set to music by Los Angeles-based DJ RevoLucian.]

[Update 3: Ain't It Cool News' Harry Knowles weighs in with what he says is behind-the-scenes context.]

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