Bale's Mom Dishes on His Tantrum Demons

Reveals star's troubled childhood
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2009 7:24 AM CST
Christian Bale accepts the favorite action movie award for "The Dark Knight" at the 35th Annual People's Choice Awards last month in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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(Newser) – Christian Bale's infamous F-word-laced meltdown on a movie set was caused by a hair-trigger temper forged in his childhood, his mom tell the Mirror. The perfectionist actor was repeatedly humiliated as a child by his father, said his 61-year-old mum, Jenny, who accused her son of assault last year. “People might now realize that that is his temper," she added.

Bale’s mother isn’t the only one dishing the dirt on the method actor. His former assistant recalls his wild mood swings, saying: “If something wasn’t just so, Christian would erupt. He would yell until he was red in the face. It was very intimidating.”