The tragic shooting in Aurora, CO, that left 12 movie patrons dead and 59 others wounded has affected the stars and director Christopher Nolan of the deeply.
At the time it occurred, the actors Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Morgan Freeman were in France, preparing for the Paris premiere of the film. It was immediately cancelled and the studio, and Nolan himself put out a statement.
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Nolan’s statement read:
“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. 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 theatre 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. 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.”
Others in the Hollywood community also spoke out about this terrible tragedy. Here are just a few tweets.
Alyssa Milano: “No. Colorado shooting. My heart aches. Prayers for the victims and families.”
Kristin Cavallari: “Wow . . . waking up to news about the shooting in Aurora, Colorado. My heart goes out to all the families. So sad.”
Billy Ray Cyrus: “Oh no! Just woke up and turned on the news ’14 dead 50 hurt in Batman movie shooting.’ Praying for victims. So sorry and sad.”
Cheryl Burke: “My heart goes out to all the families and victims in Aurora, Colorado. This is insane!”