Christian Bale surprised victims of the horrific Aurora theater shooting by showing up at the hospital unannounced on Tuesday afternoon, according to The Denver Post. The Dark Knight Rises actor arrived at the Medical Center of Aurora South around 2:30 MST via ambulance, according to reports. The reason? He didn't want to cause a commotion — it's about the victims, not him.
Photos of Bale's visit quickly made it onto the web. Victim Carey Rottman, recovering from a gunshot to the leg, posted a picture with the actor on his Facebook page immediately afterward.
"Wow!!! Thank you so much for the visit Christian!! What a great guy! Still in shock!" Rottman wrote.
Many called for Bale and his Batman castmates to visit Aurora in the wake of the massacre that killed 12 people and injured at least 78 others. Some well-meaning, but misguided, people even wanted him to show up in his full costume. Bale wisely decided against that and came as his mortal self — and it was his choice to visit, not under the direction of Warner Bros.
"Mr. Bale is there as himself, not representing Warner Brothers," a rep said in a statement.
Bale's visit was a definite bright spot in what has been a horrific few days for the victims and their families. However, many are keeping their positive attitudes
"It was good for the patients," Bill Voloch, interim president for the Aurora South Medical Center, told The Denver Post. "We hope it was therapeutic for them, and all the staff really appreciated him coming."
Rottman even has his sense of humor, despite all that has happened.
"I am definitely feeling nothing but love and am ready to get started on this recovery!" he wrote on Facebook along with his photo with Bale. "By the way, first 30 minutes of the dark knight were SICK!!"
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