Inspired by an Outburst

Actor Christian Bale's on-set tantrum sparks a wave of parodies

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Christian Bale in "American Psycho."


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Actor Christian Bale's profanity-laced tirade aimed at his director of photography on the set of "Terminator Salvation" has made its way across the Web and added the phrase "Are you professional?" to the public lexicon.

The four-minute audio clip, which began drawing widespread attention online about a week ago, features Mr. Bale complaining about how the lights were being adjusted for the film, which will be released this May.

Mr. Bale, star of such films as "American Psycho," has since apologized.

On-set tantrums are not unusual (director David O. Russell's excoriation of actress Lily Tomlin on the set of "I Heart Huckabees" famously made the rounds), but Mr. Bale's rant -- which wags labeled a "Baleout" -- has sparked an explosion of creativity.

Comics and actors have staged their own variations on the meltdown. Others have remixed the leaked audio for parodic purposes. Below, some of the best adaptations.

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