Christian Bale visits Colorado shooting survivors (Photo, video)
Christian Bale made a personal visit on Tuesday to Aurora, Colorado to meet with several people who survived last week's deadly mass shooting at a midnight screening of his newest film, "The Dark Knight Rises."
Sporting his traditional mustache and soul patch, a navy T-shirt and jeans, the 38-year-old actor posed for a picture with one male survivor, Carey Rottman, who was shirtless and appeared to be hooked to an IV. The photo was published in The Denver Post.
Bale traveled with his wife, Siri Blazic, and visited the Medical Center of Aurora, OnTheRedCarpet.com has confirmed. The Denver Post quoted Bill Voloch, its interim president, as saying that the actor spent about 2½ hours at the hospital and met with five patients who were being treated for injuries sustained during the July 20 shooting.
The massacre claimed the lives of 12 people and injured at least 59 others and marked the deadliest attack in the United States since 2009. The accused shooter, James Holmes, is expected to be charged next week.
Voloch said two other survivors treated at a different hospital, the Swedish Medical Center, traveled to his hospital to see Bale. He added that the actor Bale spent about 10 minutes with each person and also met with doctors, police officers and emergency medical technicians who were first responders during the shooting.
The Swedish Medical Center posted a photo of the actor with medical personnel on its Twitter page alongside a message that read: "What a surprise! 19 Swedish staff members met actor Christian Bale today @ TMCA!"
Bale, co-star Anne Hathaway and Christopher Nolan, who directed the Batman movie, had previously issued statements expressing their condolences in wake of the tragedy, which claimed the lives of 12 people and injured at least 58 others. It was the deadliest shooting in the United States since 2009. The accused gunman James Holmes, is expected to be charged next week.
"Words cannot express the horror that I feel," Bale had said. "I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them."