In another amazing example of actors emulating their superhero roles, Christian Bale attempted to take a stand against the Chinese government yesterday. In Beijing to promote his Chinese state-produced movie, The Flowers of War, the Dark Knight star took an eight-hour drive to visit blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng, an activist who’s represented women claiming the government forced them to have abortions or undergo sterilizations. Chen, 40, and his family under house arrest since September 2010, on charges of damaging property and disrupting traffic in a protest.
With a CNN crew in tow, Bale walked up to the lawyer’s house in Dongshigu Village, and was confronted by plainclothes police who shouted, pushed and punched the star in an attempt to get him to stop filming on his Flipcam. “When the dust settled, we counted a broken car, a damaged camera — and a Hollywood star disappointed at — but not shocked by — his failure to see a personal hero,” CNN Steven Jiang reported.
“I’m not brave doing this,” Bale said on the ride back to Beijing, as a police van followed them out of the village for 40 minutes. “The local people who are standing up to the authorities, who are visiting Chen and his family and getting beaten or detained, I want to support them.” Watch the video below.