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Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan Express Feelings of ‘Horror’ After Colorado Theatre Massacre; More Premieres Canceled

Christian Bale

Photos: Warner Bros.

Both actor Christian Bale and director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Night Rises) have issued separate statements regarding the appalling and tragic shooting massacre , which claimed 12 lives and left dozens more injured in Aurora, Colorado during the midnight screening July 20th.

Bale stated:

“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.”

Christopher Nolan spoke for the entire cast and crew of the film:

Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale Onset of TDKR

“Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew ofThe Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community,” says Nolan.

He continues, “I would not presume to  know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime. The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me.”

Nolan concludes, “Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families.”

It’s being reported too, that Warner Bros. Pictures has decided to cancel premieres for The Dark Knight Rises in both Mexico and Japan in light of the shooting in Colorado. They already canceled the Paris premiere, and announced yesterday that they would not report box office earnings out of respect for the victims.

“Out of respect for the victims and their families, Warner Bros. Pictures will not be reporting box office numbers for The Dark Knight Rises throughout the weekend. Box office numbers will be released on Monday,” a studio statement read.


Breaking: President Barack Obama On The Aurora, Colorado Massacre

President Obama, returning to the White House this afternoon.

Photo: GettyImages

President Barack Obama spoke today in response to the Aurora, Colorado theater massacre which has left 14 persons dead and scores injured during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

“This morning we woke up to news of a tragedy that reminds us of all the ways that we are united as one American family. The federal government stands ready to do whatever’s necessary to bring whoever is responsible for this heinous crime to justice.

“We will take every step possible to ensure the safety of all of our people. We’re going to stand by our neighbors in Colorado during this extraordinarily difficult time.

“Even as we learn how this happened and who’s responsible, we may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings like this. Such violence, such evil, is senseless. It’s beyond reason. While we will never know fully what causes somebody to take the life of another, we do know what makes life worth living.

“The people we lost in Aurora loved and they were loved. They were mothers and fathers. They were husbands and wives, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors. They had hopes for the future and they had dreams that were not yet fulfilled. If there’s anything to take away from this tragedy it’s the reminder that life is very fragile. Our time here is limited and it is precious. What matters at the end of the day is not the small things, it’s not the trivial things which so often consume us and our daily lives. Ultimately it’s how we choose to treat one another and how we love one another.

“I’m sure many of you who are parents here had the same reaction I did when I heard this news. My daughters go to the movies. What if Malia and Sasha had been in the theater, as so many of our kids do every day? Michelle and I will be fortunate enough to hug our girls a little tighter tonight, and I’m sure you will do the same with your children. For those parents who may not be so lucky, we have to embrace them and let them know we will be there for them as a nation.”