Most of the cast and crew of “The Dark Knight Rises” immediately released statements expressing their sorrow over the Aurora, Colorado shooting massacre that occurred during a midnight showing of the film last week.
But star Christian Bale took things a step further by visiting many of the hospitalized victims.
Bale spent more than two hours at an Aurora hospital on Tuesday, visiting with both survivors and their families. And Warner Bros., which produced the movie, made it clear that Bale was there of his own accord.
“Mr. Bale is there as himself, not representing Warner Brothers,” said a rep for the studio.
A hospital spokesman said that the star’s appearance helped bolster the victims’ morale. “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. It was good for the patients. We hope it was therapeutic for them, and all the staff really appreciated him coming,” he said.
At least one fan was extremely excited by the surprise visit. Patient Carey Rottman wrote on his Facebook page, “Wow!!! Thank you so much for the visit Christian!! What a great guy! Still in shock!”
It seems that Bale doesn’t just play a superhero in the films — he behaves like one in real life, too.