Christian Bale Involved In Car Chase and Police Skirmish in China
While in China to promote his historical drama The Flowers of War -- also known as the most expensive Chinese film ever made -- Christian Bale embarked on an eight-hour drive with a CNN news crew to visit Chen Guangcheng, a civil rights activist who has been under house arrest for the past year. Only instead of a polite meet-and-greet, Bale and the news team were manhandled by security guards outside Guangcheng's home before being chased for 30 minutes. Didn't the Chinese authorities know they were dealing with Batman?
Bale had reached out to the CNN news crew after following the cable channel's coverage of Guangcheng, a blind Chinese lawyer and women's rights activist who has been confined to his home since late 2010, when he was released from prison following a four-year sentence. Guangcheng had been charged with damaging property and disrupting traffic in a protest.
When Bale and CNN's international news crew arrived at Guangcheng's home on Thursday, a group of security guards blocked the actor from the house before physically pushing him off the premise.
"I'm not being brave doing this," Bale told the camera crew as they sped away from Guangcheng's home, authorities in tow. "The local people who are standing up to the authorities and insisting on going to visit Chen and his family and getting beaten up for it and my understanding is getting detained for it, I want to support what they're doing."
The Flowers of War, which chronicles the 1937 Nanking Massacre, arrives in limited release Dec. 21.