Update below: The Aurora theater shooting took place during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises, starring Christian Bale, who released a statement afterward expressing his horror at the event that took the lives of twelve people.
Now, he's sharing those emotions in person, during a visit with victims of the rampage. Here's a photo of Bale with one survivor, Carey Rottman.
The shot is being circulated by Fox31 reporter Justin Joseph, who also shared this image of Bale arriving at the hospital where many victims are being treated. Posting as well is Joseph's colleague, Natalie Tysdal, who just tweeted the following:
source at hops. says Christian Bale was friendly, police and very positive. Said thank you to everyone in the ER. #rememberaurora
— Natalie Tysdal (@NatalieTysdal) July 24, 2012
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Cynics may suggest that Bale is here to prop up The Dark Knight Rises, which didn't quite meet industry box-office expectations published prior to the attack during premiere night in Aurora. But Bale's statement is so sincere that such reactions aren't justified. This gesture appears to be entirely genuine and welcome. While Barack Obama may have gotten to Colorado first, Bale may well make the bigger impression.
Update: Here's another photo of Christian Bale, this time posing with members of the Medical Center of Aurora staff. It's shared on the Swedish Twitter feed:
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