Christianbale_ronhoward Christian Bale‘s brutal tirade of verbal abuse hurled at director of photography  Shane Hurlbert on the set of “Terminator: Salvation” has become legendary since the audiotape was leaked to the press this week.

Click here to hear the audio of the foul-mouthed snit fit. (Warning: explicit language!)

If you haven’t seen the rap video of Bale’s infamous rude rang, Cinematical runs the priceless poison. Someone should make Bale watch this. And we love Barbra Streisand’s cameo! Thank, Cinematical!

But Bruce Franklin, an assistant director and associate producer on the new "Terminator" (Hey, someone had to spring to his defense!)  has now told E! News that Bale, whom he refers to as a "consummate professional,"  was not off-base in his reaction to Hurlbut’s intrusion into his scene.

"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," said Franklin. "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 is Franklin’s second movie with Christian Bale.

"He is so dedicated to the craft," says Franklin to E! "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. "

Hey, what’s that giant sucking sound? Bale_term_kcemrenc_300

Is that the sound of Franklin hoping to get hired on Bale’s next movie?

Just saying…

Does this screaming incident make you feel any differently about allegations of abuse against Bale by his mother and sister last year?

And is this just the ongoing saga of the "Dark Knight" curse?

Watch the video:

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Photos: Christian Bale chats with award-winning director Ron Howard, also the father of his "Terminator: Salvation" costar, Bryce Dallas Howard, at the DGA recently. Don’t even think of screaming like that on one of Opie’s sets. Credit: WireImage

Bale on set of "Terminator: Salvation." Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Posted by:Elizabeth Snead