Christian Bale's Blowup Proves Actor's Anger Problem

"Once he started he could very well have gotten into the artistry and the craft of what he was doing," Driscoll told ABCNews.com. "He's not doing a wussy complaint. He's doing a full-fledged exemplary headline-news tantrum. He's reaming this fella out at great length and with extreme passion."

Harrison Cheung, who worked for Bale for many years as an assistant, told Britain's Daily Mail newspaper that the actor had a hair-trigger temper for as long as he knew him and that his family catered to him.

"Everything was about keeping Christian happy because he was the meal ticket," Cheung said. "If something wasn't just so, Christian would just erupt. He would yell until he was red in the face. It was very intimidating."

Lead Actor's Antics

Driscoll, the co-author of the book "You Still Don't Understand," points out that most people would have been fired and escorted out by law enforcement after a rant like that, but not Bale, a leading man who commands multimillion-dollar paychecks.

He also believes that there will be little consequence for the actor and that this controversy will blow over soon.

"America like its stars a little edgy," Driscoll said. "If he were running for Boy Scout president that would count against him. But to be a movie star is to have raging raw passions inside of him. He's got a tragic flaw to struggle with. It makes him more real."

Bale's bad side also came out in an interview for ABC News' "Popcorn with Peter Travers." When Travers asked how Bale felt about being the first non-American actor to play Batman, Bale snapped that he "lived in America now longer than I've lived in England -- give me a break."

Jacobs believes Bale's temper, especially his latest rant, may burnish his reputation as a tough guy actor. It could cost him as well.

"I think it's pretty damaging," he said. "I don't think this is the sort of thing that blows over, because it lives on the Internet."

"He has to do some sort of damage control, issue a very contrite apology, go on the talk shows, maybe take an anger management classes," Jacobs added. "He has some explaining to do."

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