The unbelievably tragic shooting that took place overnight in Aurora, Colorado, at the premiere of ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘ has claimed the lives of at least 12 people, with a further 59 injured – many of them children. Countless words have already been and will undoubtedly continue to be written about the personal, social, political and judicial ramifications of the shooting – especially those about gun control legislation- in the days to follow. Perhaps some of the more anticipated words are those issued by Christopher Nolan, the director whose once triumphant film is now inextricably and unfortunately linked to this harrowing event. Nolan issued a statement earlier this morning that reads:
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.
UPDATE: As of Sunday morning, Christian Bale has also issued a statement (via his publicist), saying: “Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.”
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