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Thanks for this, Stephen. It’s a lovely post.

Stephen Kelly Creative

In what I think is a wonderful show of support, The Dark Knight Rises star Christian Bale visited with victims of the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shootings yesterday, pictured above with patient Carey Rottman.

Bale spent two and a half hours with victims, medical staff and first responders, and then visited the memorial set up outside the theater (below). As he walked among the 12 crosses erected for each of the slain victims, many people didn’t realize who he was or chose to leave him alone.

Bale was there on his own (with wife Sibi Blazic) and not as a movie studio representative. “Mr. Bale is there as himself, not representing Warner Brothers,” a representative for the studio told the Denver Post. Bale had wanted to keep the visit private and media were not notified.

Janie Bowman-Hayes, assistant vice president of surgical services at Swedish Medical Center, said Bale thanked…

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     I heard of this truly shocking incident just moments before heading out to the cinema to watch Batman, The Dark Knight Rises.

     Films, television and music have been frequently blamed for inspiring singular acts of inexplicable and horrific violence but this is unlikely to provide solace for the victims’ friends and families.

     I sincerely hope the media do not rush to sensationalize such a tragic crime by implicating the film itself, its themes and content or those involved in its making.

     Click here for link to story 😦

 

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