‘Dark Knight Rises’ Star Christian Bale Visits Colorado Shooting Victims

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Christian Bale Hospital Visit Dark Knight Rises Star Christian Bale Visits Colorado Shooting Victims

After the horrific mass shooting at a Friday night screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, Warner Bros. opted to cancel the film’s Paris premiere, as well as several other events around the world.

That was fine for actor Christian Bale though, who spent his time away from the red carpet doing something more constructive: visiting the hospital where seven victims of the tragedy were recovering from their injuries.

According to a report in the Denver Post, the Batman star visited with victims for two and a half hours on Tuesday afternoon and also spent time with several doctors, nursing staff, police officers, and emergency medical technicians.

While a cynic might try and dismiss Bale’s visit as an act of vanity, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, Bale specifically requested that the media not be notified of his visit so that he could spend his time talking with the injured.

Over the weekend, Bale released an official statement about the shooting, saying, “I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.” With his visit, Bale put actions behind his words, hopefully providing a moment of enjoyment for seven people who sorely needed it.

Christian Bale Batman Hospital Visit Dark Knight Rises Star Christian Bale Visits Colorado Shooting Victims

Christian Bale visits with shooting victim Carey Rottman

The perpetrator of the theater massacre – 24-year-old James Holmes – made his first appearance in court yesterday and is expected to be formally charged next Monday. While there is no doubt that Holmes is guilty of the crimes, the case will still likely take some time to make its way through the court system.

However, that is nothing compared to the time it will take many of the victims to recover from their wounds – both mentally and physically. Perhaps Bale’s visit, while modest in its scope, can help some of the victims accelerate that process.


Source: Denver Post

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  1. Batman

  2. A great actor and a great person for doing that.

  3. Very classy bale. I had had different thoughts about him but this is a fantastic act and
    Very kind of him. Perhaps my judgements on bale have been wrong. Soo some of those victims this is a amazing treat. Very nice bale. Very nice.

    Heart still goes out to those victims and families.

  4. Class act

  5. Classy and dignified

  6. Well done Mr Bale!
    Classy indeed .

  7. Respect to the man for doing this. Low key, understated, heartfelt. As it should be. Well done, Sir.

  8. What a true act of caring and kindness! My hat’s off to you Mr. Bale.

  9. He and his wife also visited many of the gravesites of deceased victims of the shooting and participated in prayer. Very, very cool.

  10. Good Job Mr Bale!!! :)

  11. I lost a lot of respect for Bale during the whole Terminator Smashing Lights debacle, he has now gotten it back from me and then some.

    Bravo, what a guy, amazing.

    • You pretty much just said everything I wanted to say.
      That was a really nice thing to do Mr. Bale… as classy and sincere as it can get… Well done sir.

      • Bale really calmed down after his oscar

      • “classy and sincere as it can get”

        Absolutely, he just got on a plane and went over there, didn’t say anything before hand, the best way this could have been handled. He didn’t have to go but in doing so has really shown to everyone the kind of man he really is.

    • I lol’ed at that whole fiasco – he went off on people. He’s an actor for goodness sake, and there are a lot of other people that do far worse to their “coworkers.” Mind you I am not condoning it, it’s just a lot to do about nothing in the grand scheme.

      I’ve loved the guy as an actor for as long as I can remember, but this is what it’s all about. Using the fame he has to do some good in this world, especially during this time, is what earns my respect more than anything he’ll ever do onscreen.

  12. even if they didnt get to see the movie, they got to see their Dark Knight. Respect for Mr Bale

  13. thank you for this, Mr. Bale. Or should i say… BATMAN.

  14. (salutes)

  15. Now if Christian Bale would just “visit” James in his cell and give him the same treatment he gave the Joker back in The Dark Knight.

    But much respect to Christian Bale for doing this. It’s not just a PR thing. He’s genuinely moved by this whole mess.

  16. Christian Bale is pure class. This is such a great story. I respect him so much for doing this.

  17. nice to see something positive coming out of Hollywood for once.

  18. That is very cool of him and good for the victims to boost their moral and help the healing process.

  19. I would like to shake hands with Christian Bale for doing this… this goes to show that He cares about people and he cares about his fans who went the extra mile to attend the midnight screening of his movie “The Dark Knight Rises”. A class act and a real hero.

  20. Perhaps the warden will let Christian Bale interrogate Holmes in his prison cell… ala “The Dark Knight” interrogation scene between the Batman and the Joker. :D

    • Yes, in full costume and have Bale go ape $#!+ on him.

      • No. Think back on that scene – the Joker kept telling Batman, “You will break your one rule.” He taunted Batman into hitting him and prolonged the torture (for Batman, not him) as long as he could before finally getting down to his real point: to misdirect the rescue efforts, causing even more pain, after telling them that Rachel as well as Dent had been kidnapped.

        And then think back on how hard it must have been to film that scene. I have read that Ledger insisted that Bale actually strike him. Knowing that, it’s a tough scene to watch, but Ledger was right: in that scene, we finally see just how hopelessly crazy the Joker really is.

        Still, it must have been a very tough scene for Bale to do and also tough on everybody who had to film it.

        I wouldn’t wish that on Mr. Bale right now. His visit to Aurora was a wonderful thing. There was much healing in that for everybody.

        And although this certainly wasn’t the intention, it also punished the shooter, by clarifying even further just how distant he is from the real “Batman” fan and film maker community that he tried to intrude on as a self-styled “Joker.”

  21. That was really great of him to do.

    I’m also glad that he didn’t dress up like Batman to visit them (like all those Facebook ‘petitions’ to get him to do so) because I feel like that would have been a very bad idea.

    • I agree. I think it just would have made the whole situation very awkward. I mean, most of the victims weren’t little kids… and this should have been taken very seriously and respectfully, which it was.

  22. Perhaps the entire “The Dark Knight Rises ” cast should visit Colorado..
    I’d like to see Christopher Nolan visit the victims as well.

  23. He may not be the hero they needed, but he’s the hero they deserve.

  24. A Dedicated actor and a good natured person. you sir have my respect.

  25. Wow! Very classy, indeed.

  26. Not only one of the best actors around, but one with a heart of gold.

    The fact that he didn’t want the media to know that he was gonna be visited only proves that he is a stand up guy. Mr. Bale, you are not only one of my favorite actors, you are also a real life superhero if you made ONE of the victims smile, which I can see in the picture above, you did.

  27. Way to go Christian! I love hearing about these sort of good acts.