"Batman" Christian Bale horrified by Colorado shooting

LOS ANGELES Sat Jul 21, 2012 6:25pm EDT

British actor Christian Bale and his wife Sibi pose for photographers as they arrive at the European Premiere of ''The Dark Knight Rises'' in Leicester Square, central London, July 18, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

British actor Christian Bale and his wife Sibi pose for photographers as they arrive at the European Premiere of ''The Dark Knight Rises'' in Leicester Square, central London, July 18, 2012.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Christian Bale, who plays Batman in "The Dark Knight Rises," expressed horror and grief for the victims of Friday's shooting spree that left 12 dead in a Colorado theater at a midnight showing of his new movie.

"Words cannot express the horror that I feel," he said in a statement released on Saturday by his spokeswoman, Jennifer Allen. "I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them."

James Holmes, 24, is in police custody and accused of the crime in which 58 others were injured. Holmes also is accused of booby-trapping his apartment in the Denver suburb of Aurora, Colorado, before the rampage.

(Reporting By Bob Tourtellotte; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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Comments (6)
GalacticCat wrote:
Hey Mr Bale quit being a hypocrite. You were the main actor in this Hollywood fake violence movie. You will collect millions from this movie.
if you were really horrified , you would pay for the medical expenses of the victims.
I am not suggesting in any way shape or form that you or the movie were a catalyst in this mass shooting .

But please stop the hypocrisy, and use of the English word horrified. you don’t mean it. dude.

Jul 21, 2012 6:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CrisGer wrote:
It is clear to any reasonable person with any eduction and awareness of cultural evolution that this movie and this actor DO HAVE a responsibility for this violence, and are directly the cause of it, it is time for us to take steps to stop and ban such blatant romanticizing and promotion of violence and sensationalism for the sake of our own society. Hollywood has gotten worse and worse with graphic lust for killing on screen with constant horrible examples of this culture of aggression and abuse, we are given each year more and more lurid examples of this and only responsible and quick legal action can stop them for they make billions of dollars from it. If this actor and the rest of the cast and crew donate all their profits from the movie to the treatment and recovery of the victims I may amend my comments here, but i very much doubt they will ever do anything like that. For now i point the finger directly AT everyone who supports the horrible and trashy quality of modern entertainment which is not entertainment but actually just glorification of the worst side of humanity over and over. I am very sorry for the victims. I am also sure that there were likely direct causes for that man’s insanity in his childhood and family background but i doubt that our culture will have the honesty to examine that either, and the justice system will waste millions when he should be summarily executed and we should be allowed to move on in peace.

Jul 21, 2012 7:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dibeanie wrote:
Christian Bale is a stand~up guy. Thumbs up, waaaay up.

Jul 21, 2012 11:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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