July 24 2012

Christian Bale Visits Aurora Shooting Victims

Christian Bale and Carey Rottman

It appears that even the notoriously temperamental actor Christian Bale couldn’t ignore the horrors of what happened in Aurora, Colorado last Friday.

Bale, who plays Bruce Wayne/Batman in the Christopher Nolan film series, made a surprise appearance in Aurora, CO today to visit the survivors of the shooting at the midnight showing of his latest film.  The visit was apparently not announced, and even film studio Warner Brothers was surprised by it.  Upon the media reaching out for comment, an assistant for Susan Fleishman, executive vice president for Warner Brothers corporate communications said, “Mr. Bale is there as himself, not representing Warner Brothers.”

According to reports, Bale arrived at Aurora Medical Center around 2 pm and entered the building in secret.  Word of course got around the building rapidly and Twitter was flooded with images of him in the hallway, posing with staff and so on.

Despite being known for a short temper, even I have to say, “Well done, Mr. Bale.”  Everything seems to indicate he made this visit out of concern for the victims and not out of a sense of promotion, and for that he should be applauded.  I don’t feel anyone involved with this film should feel any guilt over what happened, but they have all been acting admirably.  Warner Brothers is said to have made a “substantial” donation to the charities that will be working with the families of this tragedy, and while some would say, “Yeah, they better,” they really aren’t to blame in this.

Thank you, Mr. Bale.  Thank you, Warner Brothers.  It’s nice to know that this piece of human sludge who destroyed what should have been a happy moment for a theater full of people doesn’t get the last word.

[via Daily Mail]

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