Friday, May 24, 2013
Christian Bale has made headlines in the past for his volatile personality, but he showed a softer side this week when he trekked to Aurora, Colo., the site where 12 people died in a mass shooting at his new film, The Dark Knight Rises. After an Internet campaign urged Bale to go visit survivors, particularly children, dressed in his Batman costume, he showed up incognito in a black t-shirt and jeans to hang out with survivors, families and medical personnel who tended to the victims. Bale issued a statement shortly after dozens of people were injured and killed during a midnight show last week: "Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them." Janie Bowman-Hayes, assistant vice president of surgical services at an area hospital, attended a luncheon in honor of those who helped tend to victims. She arrived to learn Bale was at the luncheon as well. "He just said he wanted to come to thank all of us because he has been thinking about this. He knows the whole world has been thinking about this," she said. "He took it upon himself to come and thank us." Bale and his wife stopped by a memorial marked by 12 crosses to lay flowers and pay their respects as well. Warner Brothers issued a statement to TMZ, assuring fans it was no PR stunt: "Mr. Bale is there as himself, not representing Warner Brothers." What a superhero!