Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hicks: Christian Bale visits with Colorado shooting victims - San Jose Mercury News

"The Dark Knight Rises" star Chrsitian Bale went to Colorado on Tuesday to visit seven victims of Friday's Aurora movie theatre shooting to express his condolences.

The 38-year-old British actor spent 2½ hours at the Medical Center of Aurora with five patients admitted to the Colorado hospital and two others who had traveled from Denver's Swedish Medical Center to meet Bale, according to Britain's Daily Mail.

The Oscar-winning actor made the visit to the hospital to talk to patients injured by James Holmes' massacre last Friday, during which 12 people lost their lives and 58 others were injured.

The patients were really happy to meet Bale," Bill Voloch, interim president of Medical

Center of Aurora told the Denver Post. "They are obviously big fans of his movies. They wanted to see Batman and were really pleased to see Bale."

Bale traveled with his wife, Sibi Blazic, and met with a number of emergency doctors, police officers and paramedics who were the first responders to the shooting at the Century 16 cinema theater in Aurora.

"It was good for the patients," Voloch said about Bale, who spent around 10 minutes with each person. "We hope it was therapeutic for them, and all the staff really appreciated him coming."

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