Don’t cross Christian Bale, reports.

At least that’s the lesson learned by a crew member of The Dark Knight star’s new movie, Terminator Salvation. Then again, don’t cross your crew — because someone might be recording the entire expletive-laced rant you are delivering. And what you said might even end up on The Today Show, which is what happened Tuesday morning, when a visibly shocked Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira and others discussed Bale’s scorching on-the-set rant — which came about after Terminator Salvation director of photography Shane Hurlbut accidentally entered Bale’s sight-line during filming, the Los Angeles Times reports.

By The Today Show’s count, Bale, 35, dropped the F-bomb 36 times during his nearly four-minute verbal attack.

Contacted by People magazine on Monday, reps for Bale had no comment about the tape, which first surfaced on

Bruce Franklin, an assistant director and associate producer on the Terminator film, called Bale’s behaviour toward Hurlburt uncharacteristic for the star, whom Franklin told E! News was a “consummate professional.” As for the incident, “It was just a moment and it passed.”

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