Christian Bale sparked controversy in an otherwise unexciting Jan. 6 Golden Globes telecast, thanking “Satan” for inspiring his award-winning performance (inset) as Vice-President Dick Cheney in Vice!
In remarks partially bleeped by NBC censors, the actor likened his subject to a “charisma-free a**hole,” before saying “thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role.”
While the Wales-born method actor, who holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and U.K., is best known for his turns as Batman in the Christopher Nolan‘s acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy, his reputation as a loose cannon preceded him onto the stage.
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In a 2012 report, The National ENQUIRER examined the incidents that left Hollywood insiders concerned that he was a ticking time bomb of rage.
In footage widely viewed on YouTube, Christian appears to unleash an F-bomb-filled tirade on a co-worker while filming a scene for the 2009 film Terminator: Salvation.
According to The Independent, Christian in 2008 was arrested by British police after allegedly assaulting his mother and sister in a Dorchester hotel! Charges were later dropped over what his sister referred to as a “family matter.”
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In a Twitter rebuke following Christian’s Sunday night jibes at her dad, the former VP’s daughter — Wyoming rep. Liz Cheney — provided a link to that story and suggested, “Satan probably inspired him to do this, too.”
For his part, Christian foreshadowed the post-Globes kerfuffle in the first few lines of his acceptance speech, acknotlegeing his wife had told him to keep his speech short.
“She knows the dumb crap that can come out of my mouth at times,” he said. “I can sink and ruin a perfectly good movie and so-so career in one speech. So thank you for that advice, my love.”