This is probably the coolest thing a celebrity has done in a long time:
--CHRISTIAN BALE went to a hospital in Aurora, Colorado to visit victims of the deadly shooting spree at a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" last week.
--Warner Brothers didn't put him up to it, either. They issued a statement saying, quote, "Mr. Bale is there as himself, not representing us."
--One of the victims, Carey Rottman, posted a picture of himself and Bale on Facebook. He was shot in the leg. (--Check it out, along with a few other photos, here.) (Extra, Denver Post, E!Online, FoxNews)
--Bale spent over two hours visiting seven patients who were still being treated for their wounds. A hospital administrator says, quote, "The patients were really happy to meet Bale.
--"They are obviously big fans of his movies. They wanted to see Batman and were really pleased to see Bale."
--Bale and his wife also visited a memorial for the victims and joined a prayer circle. They didn't announce or call attention to themselves, and Bale refused to give an interview to a TV news crew that happened to be there.
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