The Dark Knight Rises Stars Christian Bale & Anne Hathaway Break Their Silence On The Colorado Theater Shooting
While the world tries to make sense of the senseless Colorado shooting massacre that killed 12 people and wounded 58 others, the stars of The Dark Knight are opening up about the tragedy that has left them visibly shaken as they promote the film.
“The cast was completely shocked and several—Anne [Hathaway] and Marion [Cotillard], a couple of the men—were in tears,” a source told People. “There was enormous, enormous sadness.”
Christian Bale, the film’s star, expressed his sorrow in a statement. “Words cannot express the horror that I feel,” Bale 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.”
Hathaway, who plays Catwoman in the feature, echoed Bale’s sentiments. “My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act,” she said. “I am at a loss for words how to express my sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”
On Friday, The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan released a statement on behalf of the cast, expressing his condolences for the victims of alleged gunman James Holmes and their families. “Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community,” he said. “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 theater 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,” the director added. “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.”
Since the tragedy, People magazine has published a complete list of the twelve victims. May their stories and their lives never be forgotten.