I don't care who you are, but if you make your living on film sets, you've been responsible for blowing a take at one time or another. Maybe you talked on the walkie-talkie during a scene. Maybe you sneezed while they were rolling. People trip over stuff. People laugh out loud when they just can't help it. You forget to silence your cell phone and it rings during a take. I was on one show where the Director of Photography got his son hired in the camera department. His son was absolutely and utterly dilligent about his job which was making sure that exposed magazines of film were promptly taken to the camera truck to be canned and that fresh mags of unexposed film were always within easy reach on the set. He was so dilligent that he often forgot why the film should be on set...that we were shooting a movie. This tunnel vision caused him to drive his golf cart through the background of our shots on a fairly regular basis. (He has since gone on to a successful career as an Assistant Cameraman.)
Once, I walked into the front door of a house only to discover the camera three feet away from me and rolling...for the shot of the actor walking in the front door. Ooops. Yeah, we all fuck up from time to time.
Anyway, audio from the set of Terminator Salvation has made it onto the intertoobs. It seems that the Director of Photography, Shane Hurlbut, got into Christian Bales' eyeline during a take. As best as I can tell, he didn't actually get into the shot, but he did commit the sin of walking where the actor could see him...and be distracted by him. He was doing what D.P.s do all the time; he was looking at the lighting to make sure everything was as perfect as he could get it. Christian didn't take this well.
I have to admit, I've never been in a position where I had to perform and concern myself with distractions in my eyeline. Most actors seem able to pay no attention to what's going on around them. On the other side of the spectrum I've worked with some actors who practically wanted a curtain between themselves and everyone behind the camera. Everyone is different. And I've heard my share of tirades. The ringing cell phone usually rates the most entertaining and sustained rants.
On the other hand, since the most common reason for a blown take is the actors' own fault, (blown lines, missed cues, wrong movements, the list is endless), they usually refrain from going absolutely nuclear, postal, batshit crazy.
Mr. Bales, seemingly, has no such restraints. Here. Give a listen. (Note: You need to play this at full volume because all of the audio comes from Christian's mic...if you want to hear other peoples' responses, turn it up. On the other hand, if you're at work or surrounded by children, or in any other crowded place, you might want to use headphones or wait until you get home. Fucking Christian can fucking curse with the fucking best of them. Fuckin-A-Right.)
The fact is, I don't actually have a lot to add to this. It kind of stands for itself.
Also, since I usually make a point of holding back on gleefully dishing dirt behind the scenes, I just thought I'd mention that I feel released from such restraints once I hear Kathy Lee Gifford doing 3 minutes on the event. Christian's got a whole lot of other people to punch in the face before getting around to worrying about me.
Enjoy. I know I did.