Christian Bale in town visiting victims of shooting
Christian Bale was in Aurora today visiting victims of Friday's movie theater shooting. Here, Bale sits with shooting victim Carey Rottman.
Christian Bale on his visit to Aurora on Tuesday (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)
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Christian Bale, star of the Batman films, met at the Medical Center of Aurora on Tuesday afternoon with seven patients injured in the mass shooting that occurred during a midnight showing of his new film.
Bill Voloch, interim president of Medical Center of Aurora, said Bale spent about 2½ hours at the hospital, where he met with five people still being treated for their injuries. Two others came from Swedish Medical Center to meet Bale, who stars at Batman in "The Dark Knight Rises.
"The patients were really happy to meet Bale," Voloch said. "They are obviously big fans of his movies. They wanted to see Batman and were really pleased to see Bale."
Bale and his wife, Sibi Blazic, also met with a number of
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doctors, Aurora police officers and emergency medicial technicians who were first reponders when James Eagan Holmes allegedly killed 12 people and injured 58 others at Century Aurora 16 theater early Friday morning. Bale spent about 10 minutes with each person.
"It was good for the patients," Voloch said. "We hope it was therapeutic for them, and all the staff really appreciated him coming."
Bale also spent some time with Gov. John Hickenlooper.
The Medical Center of Aurora received 18 patients from the movie theatre shooting and seven were admitted. Four patients went to Swedish Medical Center.
Voloch said Bale notified that he wanted to visit the injured, but asked that media not be notified. "He just wanted to meet with victims and police."
Among the people Bale visited with was Carey Rottman, of Denver. Friends quickly tweeted out a photo of their visit.
Officials from Warner Bros. Pictures, maker of Bale's most recent film, said Bale came to Aurora on his own.
"Mr. Bale is there as himself, not representing Warner Brothers," said an assistant for Susan Fleishman, executive vice president for Warner Brothers corporate communications.