Christian Bale hassled by Chinese guards

Christian Bale ran into a little trouble while in China to promote to his state-backed Chinese film The Flowers of War, a 1930s war drama set in Nanjing. The Oscar-winning actor was attempting to pay a visit to a human rights lawyer, Chen Ghuangcheng, who has been living under house arrest for the past year. Bale was accompanied by a CNN crew, who managed to capture footage of Bale being shoved by the flock of guards stationed outside Ghuangcheng’s home.

“What I really wanted to do was to meet the man, shake his hand and say what an inspiration he is,” Bale said. The actor had heard of Ghungcheng in news reports while filming The Flowers of War, which is about a Westerner who finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan’s rape of Nanking in 1937. The film will be China’s submission to the Oscars for best foreign film.

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  1. mitch • December 16, 2011 @ 11:10 AM

    Maybe he should have brought the gaurds some shark fin soup.

  2. Peter • December 16, 2011 @ 2:57 PM

    What I really wanted to do was to meet the man, shake his hand and say what an inspiration he is,
    Ummm he’s under arrest so let’s walk up and say HI.
    Hey wait why are these guards asking us to leave don’t they know who i am?
    I’m sure he was his nice and polite self.

  3. Anonymoose • December 16, 2011 @ 3:52 PM

    >>state-backed Chinese film
    >>Chinas submission to the Oscars for best foreign film

    -remind me again why we care what this acting stooge does? Oh yeah, he’s inspired by a human-rights activist under house arrest WHILE STARRING IN A MOVIE PAID FOR BY THE GOVERNMENT THAT ARRESTED HIM.

    And the content! Good to see even the Communists know what a ‘whitewash’ is as they try to buy an Oscar.

    Hypocrite much?

  4. C-Dud • December 16, 2011 @ 5:59 PM

    ha ha ‘Anonymoose’. I agree. I was reading this and the state-backed comment took me back a little. Is it they are trying to win an award and it will also make the Chinese gov some cash which helps pay for imprisoning this guy? Kinda doesn’t make sense. Why would they try to show a true story yet show you can go to jail for it..yet it’s inspirational???

  5. Spanky • December 18, 2011 @ 4:06 PM

    He should have driven up in the Batmobile, the guards would have ran away.

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