Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were in France for the canceled Paris premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, but took a Warner Brothers plane which was most likely headed back to Los Angeles.
“The cast was completely shocked and several – Anne and Marion [Cotillard], a couple of the men – were in tears,” a source told People magazine. “There was enormous, enormous sadness.”
Bale released the following statement:
“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.”
His words echo what The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan said about the tragedy…
“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.”