In case you've been living under a pop-culture rock for the past week or so, you've probably heard the recording of Christian Bale's angry, curse-filled tirade
on the set of his most recent movie. Apparently the tape was leaked after film execs sent the tape to the insurance company that had insured the film should Bale have bailed out on the role. That's not all that interesting. However, in an LA Times followup, in which Christian Bale provides his expected heartfelt apologies
for going too far, there's a far more interesting quote from the movie's director, McG, concerning the leak of the tape:
"It's illegal, and the anti-piracy people at the studio are going to pursue it to the full extent of the law. You have got to have actors feel safe on the set, so they can transcend the things they do in their normal lives."
First of all, it's not clear which part he's talking about is illegal -- but it's telling that he thinks the "anti-piracy people" at the studio (in this case, Warner Bros.) who are dealing with this. Will they be going after TMZ for putting the tape online? Against all the other sites that have copied it? Is it "piracy" or is it news?