Out doing the promotional rounds for “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” actor Christian Bale spoke with the Wall Street Journal about some of his past films, during which the topic of his work several years ago on McG’s “Terminator Salvation” came up.
Billed as a potential franchise relauncher, ‘Salvation’ instead nearly ended up burying it. Critically panned and the lowest-grossing sequel in the franchise, it also became famous for an audio recording of an on-set disagreement between Bale and the film’s cinematographer.
Now that some time has passed, it seems there’s not much love between the two left. Here’s the key excerpt:
Question: I read that when you first sat down with the director of that film, McG, you told him that nothing you’d seen in his filmography suggested that he had what it takes to do that movie.
Christian Bale: Right.
Question: That’s brutal. Directors have egos.
Christian Bale: Ah, yes. Yeah. But he goes, “Give me a chance. Everyone needs to evolve, and I need to turn over a new leaf. And please, you must’ve been in this position before yourself, when someone has taken a leap of faith on you,” – which I have – “please do that for me now; I promise you, I’m ready for it.”
Question: So what do you think, having given him a chance?
Christian Bale: (pause). There’s a lot of room for many approaches and many characters within the film industry. I won’t be working with him again, but I wish him very well. Okay?
For the full interview, click here.