Christian Bale’s In Colorado Visiting Shooting Victims, Is Awesome

July 24th, 2012 // 62 Comments
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The Denver Post has confirmed Christian Bale showed up unannounced in Aurora today to visit with victims of last week’s The Dark Knight Rises shooting because fuck if he’s going to let Hellboy be the only badass superhero. Oddly enough, Warner Bros. is actually disavowing any connection with his trip like Christian Bale’s a loose cannon cop who plays by his own rules, but I’ll chalk that up to some dickhead already suing them for making James Holmes go on a killing spree through a movie he didn’t even make it past the first 15 minutes of:

“Mr. Bale is there as himself, not representing Warner Brothers,” said an assistant for Susan Fleishman, executive vice president for Warner Brothers corporate communications.

No word yet on whether he’s also apologized for Batman being kind of a wiener in this one, except you know what? Now’s probably not the time. I don’t know why Photo Boy, definitely not me, even brought it up. Dude?

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  1. What

    That’s pretty cool of him

  2. Mr. Poop

    Are we sure this is for the best? Mr. Bale has not proven to be the most mentally stable person himself.

  3. Emma Watson's Vagina

    this why i like The Superficial. it does articles/blogs on bot the good and bad. this is the good. this is a real balanced place as far as that goes.

  4. FishFan

    Some people have the luck.

    • Stephen Baldwin

      I’d love to see him just so I could yell, “Hey, Bale!” because you know, it sounds like “hay bale.”

  5. Johnny P!

    The Studio refused to release weekend earnings after the shooting.
    Other (‘rival’) studios did the same out of respect.
    They also cancelled several Red Carpet premieres with various members of the cast in different cities/countries.
    After taking time to get the facts and absorb what happened, Nolan released a strong, moving public statement.
    Now, Bale is visiting the victims.
    Sometimes, there’s actually some thought and heart behind the Entertainment-Money-Machine.
    And unlike the Kardashians, it’s earnest, and not yet another fucking ‘photo-op’.

  6. vgrly

    I love this man. I have been following his career since Newsies. He was amazing as a child actor in Empire of the Sun as well.

    • Sliver

      Empire of the Sun was a great movie. Compare that to most actors whose first movie was total crap, Bale could act even as a kid.

  7. Nicely played, sir.

  8. Tina

    I think it takes a person with a true concern for others to show up on his own (glad WB made a statement that really said, we don’t care that much…idiots). He came on his own to show he feels remorse for what happened even though the movie had nothing to do with it. The movie was simply an op for a nut to have the world watch.

  9. goosie

    Classy act. Kudos to Christian.

  10. You sure he’s not just there to ream someone out for stealing his thunder/disrupting his “process”?

  11. glass

    Good dude, for sure

  12. El Jefe

    Very good of him. Good man.

  13. A very classy move by a very talented actor. My sympathies go out to the victims of this senseless tragedy.

  14. I think we’re forgetting the most important part of this story–Whether or not he used the Batman voice when he talked to the victims.

  15. tromba911

    Assistant for Susan Fleishman, executive vice president for Warner Brothers corporate communications and Susan Fleishman should be fired. PERIOD.

    • sassy

      I dunno, it could have been more of a “hey, this is genuine, no one is making him do anything”. They are donating money.

    • Maybe in a better world where it couldn’t be used as indicative of guilt, on the part of the producers, studio, etc. in a lawsuit down the line. Sucks, but that’s the way it is. They are just covering their ass because they have to.

      Would like to think it was said through gritted teeth.

  16. Jack Miraculous

    To me the statement could just as easily mean “Warner Bros. didn’t orchestrate this for publicity, we had nothing to do with it. Mr. Bale took it upon himself to visit the victims because he cares and he’s just awesome like that.”

  17. MyCoworkerIsHot

    Damn he is fine. Something about is mouth is so hot! Really cool tha he did that.
    I was thinking the same about that asshole that’s suing the film. Wtf, he did buy a ticket to see the film nobody made him do that He should go fuck himself.

  18. anonymous

    See, good does conquer evil. Way to go, Mr. Bale. You’re truly a stand up, decent guy.

  19. It’s always positive to see something good from the entertainment community. I’m sure that anyone with two functioning brain cells would feel terrible about this Holmes douchenozzle shooting people who see his movies.

    Well done, Mr. Bale.

  20. Beautiful, talented and kind. What a man !

  21. kuro

    Mr. Bale, you are super cool sir.

  22. LittleCupcakes

    That is one good looking man right there.

  23. Christian Bale Aurora Memorial Dark Knight Rises Shooting
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    Wow, he even brought Victoria Beckham with him. She looks so sad.

  24. “Mr. Bale is there as himself, not representing Warner Brothers,” said an assistant for Susan Fleishman, executive vice president for Warner Brothers corporate communications.

    Probably scared of getting sued.

    I’m serious.

  25. kimmykimkim

    I’m so turned on by him right now.

    • Cock Dr

      It helps that right now he’s not in a “anorexic homeless mental patient” look phase.
      Helps a LOT.

  26. mac

    I know that we have heard some unflattering stories about him in the past. We are all capable of good and evil (to varying degrees), and it’s good to celebrate the good people do. I’m sure this will mean something to the victims, and that is what matters most. Good job Mr Bale.

  27. Christian Bale Aurora Memorial Dark Knight Rises Shooting
    Bionic_Crouton
    Commented on this photo:

    Class Act !

  28. Columbine

    I wonder if he’ll visit james holmes too

    • El Jefe

      Hopefully if he does they will let him bring in a gun so he can put a few bullets in that sick fuck’s head.

  29. A kind and compassionate gesture. He should go visit the shooter and go totally Batman on hum.

    +1,000, Mr. Bale.

  30. Visible Ink

    What fuckin’ morons both the assistant and Fleishman who hired it! If you worried about fallout you say Bale is not there representing WB but you support his efforts to try to bring some comfort to the victims or something like it. That way you distance Bale from WB but express sympathy for the victims.

    • Visible Ink

      Almost forgot in my ranting, respect to Bale for doing this.

    • Edie

      Actually, WB has made a bunch of statements already, including “Warner Bros. and the filmmakers are deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time.” and is donating money to a fund for the victims. Does every statement they make for the rest of our lives (or until everyone forgets about this?) have to include a condolence? This was probably just a statement someone made when a reporter called to ask about the visit.
      I don’t know the circumstances, but to me it sounded more like they just wanted everyone to know this was his idea- there might have been more to that quote that the newspaper simply didn’t publish because they figured the rest of the article sort of got the message across.

  31. Kodos

    well done, Christian….

  32. poopy

    ~*~*~*omg what a hero!!

  33. poopy

    lets totally forget how you verbally assaulted your mom and wife haw haw and how you couldn’t act like a rational person on terminator hooray!! but yes you’re a real hero

  34. catapostrophe

    After the shooting, I hoped against hope that a movie star would come to town and visit some of the victims; but I never dreamed it would actually happen. If only more movie stars would visit victims of tragedies all the time!

  35. Christian Bale Aurora Memorial Dark Knight Rises Shooting
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    There’s something in his eyes in that first photo with the hospital workers that says, “This is not about me and I am here because I cannot sleep at night knowing I have a connection with all of this.”

    You can tell he doesn’t want to be in the photo, but couldn’t say no.

  36. It was a wonderful thing for CB to do.

    But this site would not be this site without someone pointing out the irony of that being Patrick fucking Bateman as well as Batman.

    Just getting it out of the way.

  37. Crissy

    Certainly great PR move!!! There’s always a team of PR people waiting for some tragedy to happen to send their clients to…

  38. Is that Roger Goodells daughter?

  39. Cressida

    Christian Bale strikes me as a fellow who does exactly what he wants to do … and ONLY what he wants to do — And he obviously wanted to try and comfort these people somewhat, if possible. Suck it, WB.

  40. mrsmass

    bale is nuts, but this is pretty cool of him.

  41. !!!!!!!

    he could bang my spine out. seriously.

  42. lilgrandma

    Wow can’t leave DRAMA out!!! That was a very nice thing he did :)why do you want to see a mean and angry kid!!what is wrong with you ppl!!!BE NICE!!

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