Though Christian Bale himself called his F-bomb outburst on the Terminator Salvation set “inexcusable,” the film’s director is coming to the star’s defence, reports.

“The film set is a passionate place, and it happens,” director McG told fans at a Warner Bros. preview panel at New York Comic Con on Saturday.

“There was no version of, ‘Oh, Christian is going to whip his ass.’ It was just sort of a blowup,
“We let it run its course, and it did. You obviously only get to hear the explicit parts,” he said.

Bale verbally bashed the film’s director of photography, Shane Hurlbut, after he accidentally entered the actor’s sight lines during filming. The audiotape quickly went viral, sparking mixed reactions, but the on-set drama ended that day, McG insists.