Christian Bale Is a 'Big-Hearted, Good Guy,' Says Director

07/27/2008 at 06:30 PM EDT

Christian Bale Is a 'Big-Hearted, Good Guy,' Says Director
Christian Bale
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As Christian Bale weathers what he calls "a deeply personal matter," he has Terminator Salvation director McG firmly in his corner.

"He's the most professional, passionate actor you're ever going to find," McG said of the Dark Knight star during a Saturday panel discussion at Comic-Con in San Diego. "I mean it's just that simple … Bale is just all about the work. He loves his wife, he loves his child, he loves being an actor. He's not interested in materialist things. He wants to come to work prepared."

The director added that the 34-year-old Bale, who plays hero John Connor in the upcoming fourth installment of the Terminator franchise, is passionate about his work – in a good way. "I can't go, 'Okay, Christian, you go out camera left," said McG. "Christian's going to talk to me … you know – 'What went into the decision to go off camera left?' – which is wonderful. It's the elegant opposition you want."

"And just for the record," added McG, "he's a big-hearted, good guy – and I've worked with a lot of people – and that's just simply who he is."

It has been a roller coaster few weeks for Bale: The Dark Knight has been breaking box office records even as the actor has been dealing with the fallout from his July 22 arrest following assault allegations made by his mother and sister.

Bale has denied the allegations.

Reporting by SCOTT HUVER

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