While in Beijing promoting his newest film, Batman star Christian Bale drove eight hours from Beijing to Shandong to attempt to visit and lend support to blind activist Chen Guangcheng – currently under house-arrest. Upon arriving, Bale and his entourage of CNN cameramen and reporters were pushed around and chased away by the team of undercover policemen guarding Chen’s house.
Despite our high expectations, Batman did not dispense any ass kicking, and was actually punched in the face as the plainclothes officers attempted to swat Bale’s camera out of his hand.
Christian Bale’s newest film “The Flowers of War,” examines the injustices and atrocities that occurred in Nanjing at the hands of Japanese soldiers during World War II. The film is currently China’s official entry in next year’s Academy Awards, and it will be interesting to see if this incident has any impact on Bale’s ability to visit China again in the future.
Critics of Bale, publicized throughout the media, claimed his role in the Chinese government-approved film promoted Chinese propaganda, a charge Bale has recently vehemently denied. Is this attempt at reaching out to an imprisoned activist Bale’s method of proving critics wrong? Or is he trying to vindicate himself?
Christian Bale told his CNN associates:
This doesn’t come naturally to me, but this was just a situation I said I can’t look the other way. What I really wanted to do was shake the man’s hand and say thank you and tell him what an inspiration he is.
Perhaps in lieu of that handshake, we’ll soon be seeing Bale sporting a pair of dark glasses in solidarity.
Watch Bale talk about his experience below: