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Published On: Fri, Jan 12th, 2018

Christian Bale discusses ‘Terminator Salvation’ regrets, took the role out of spite

Terminator Salvation was not a smart career move for Christian Bale but the same could be said for everyone who chose to star in the McG helmed release.

Bale has explained how things went from bad to worse with Terminator Salvation and it sounds like he realised early on that the movie wasn’t panning out quite as he’d initially imagined it would.

“I said no three times. I thought that the franchise…I went ‘Nah, there’s no story there.’ I’d seen seenthe first one and enjoyed that back in England, I’d been to the movies and seen the second one.
“It was an unfortunate series of events involving the writers’ strike, involving Jonah Nolan, who was able to come on, and really start to write a wonderful script, but then got called away for a prior commitment that he had,” Bale explained.
“And it’s a great thorn in my side, because I wish we could have reinvigorated [the franchise]. And unfortunately, during production, you could tell that wasn’t happening. It’s a great shame.
“There’s a perverse side to me, where people were telling me that, there’s no way on God’s Earth that I should take that role, and I was thinking the same thing. But when people started verbalizing that to me, I started to go, ‘Oh really? All right, well watch this then.’ So there was a little bit of that involved in the choice.”
Bale’s biggest regret was the foul-mouthed rant at director of photography Shane Hurlbut which quickly found its way online and shamed The Dark Knight Rises star.
“That was a very unusual occasion. Great learning lesson for me. Do you remember that scene with Linda Hamilton where she’s really going nuts in Terminator 2? We said, we’ve got to channel that at some point in the film, and that was the scene in which we were channeling it. Great lesson for me of, no matter how much you lose yourself in a scene, you do not allow yourself to behave that way. And yeah, of course I’ve got enormous regrets about it…”

Terminator Salvation hasn’t been the only failure and the franchise still can’t find a footing with audiences. A new film has been discussed, but nothing is planned yet.

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  1. Daniel Mihai Popescu says:

    Terminator Salvation wasn’t the only “uninspired” career move for Christian Bale. Exodus: Gods and Kings was worse…

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