China is not impressed with Christian Bale. In a recent visit, The Dark Knight Rises star attempted to pay a visit to a human rights activist, Chen Ghuangcheng, who is still serving a house arrest sentence. Instead of shaking hands with the man like he had planned, Bale became involved in a scuffle with government-backed guards outside Ghuangcheng’s home. According to Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin, China shouldn’t be embarrassed about the incident. Bale, on the other hand, should.
The actor was invited to attend the opening ceremony for The Flowers of War, in which he plays an American in China during Japan’s Rape of Nanking, but that was it. “What I understand is that the actor was invited by the director Zhang Yimou to attend the movie premiere. He was not invited to any village in Shandong to create news or make a film. If he wants to create news, I don’t think that would be welcomed by China.” Weimin told Reuters. “If anyone should be embarrassed it’s the relevant actor, not the Chinese side.”