'The Dark Knight Rises' actor was in Aurora, Colorado to console the victims of the deadly shooting.
Christian Bale may be more akin to the superhero character he plays on the big screen than we previously thought. Exclusive! Christian Bale: The Soft Man Behind A Tough Batman
Yesterday, the 38-year old actor traveled to Aurora, Colorado to spend time with those who were injured during the mass shooting that occurred during a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises." According to the Denver Post, Bale spent over two hours chatting with seven patients who were among those fortunate enough to escape the incident with non life-threatening injuries. The star spent about 10 minutes with each person, offering them compassion and support.
The President of the Aurora Medical Center, Bill Voloch, told the paper: "The patients were really happy to meet Bale. They are obviously big fans of his movies. They wanted to see Batman and were really pleased to see Bale."
The actor and his wife, Sibi Blazic, also met with a number of doctors, as well as Aurora police officers and emergency medical technicians, who were the first responders at Century Aurora 16 theater early Friday morning, where 12 people were killed and 58 were injured.
"It was good for the patients," Voloch said. "We hope it was therapeutic for them, and all the staff really appreciated him coming."
After visiting the hospital, Bale and his wife took a moment to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial to the victims that is growing near the site of the shooting.
Warner Brothers released a statement saying that Christian Bale traveled to Aurora on his own will. The studio had nothing to do with the trip and did not plan it as a publicity stunt to promote the film. The actor notified the hospital privately before his visit of his intentions. "He just wanted to meet with victims and police," Voloch told reporters.
Showing such empathy and respect for others during a most difficult and trying time is a very Batman thing to do. We commend Christian Bale for his caring gesture to those who were effected by the tragedy. 5 Reasons We Love Christian Bale As Batman
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