The Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky has defended Christian Bale over a taped on-set rant which was recently leaked on the Internet.
The Dark Knight star can be heard launching a foul-mouthed tirade against a crewmember on the set of new movie Terminator Salvation.
But Aronofsky has backed the actor over the outburst and called the four-minute rant, which includes the use of the F-word 35 times, "reasonable".
He says, "I think he was right. I don't think he was out of line. It is a sacred time between action and cut.
"Sets are very, very high-powered places where things go awry all the time and emotions are high. People are out there working really hard and exposing themselves, especially actors, and they need to be protected.
"Although it's never good to lose your temper that bad for obvious reasons, we don't know what scene he was doing. He could have been doing a deeply, deeply intense emotional scene."
You can hear his rant below. WARNING: THIS AUDIO CONTAINS GRAPHIC LANGUAGE