‘Batman’ Star Bale Shouldn’t Make News in China, Official Says

Actor Christian Bale, who CNN reported jostled with guards when he tried to visit an activist in China, isn’t welcome to “make news” in the country, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said today.

Bale “should be embarrassed” Liu said at a daily briefing today, after CNN posted footage last week that it said showed Bale scuffling with plainclothes guards when he tried to visit Chen Guangcheng, a blind lawyer who is confined to his home in the eastern province of Shandong.

Bale was in China to promote “The Flowers of War,” the Chinese-made film in which he stars, when he went to visit Chen, CNN said. The activist was released from prison last year after serving a four year sentence for organizing couples who accused officials of forcing them to have abortions.

“I understand that the actor was invited by the director Zhang Yimou to attend the opening ceremony of the film but he was not invited to fabricate news or shoot films in a certain village in Shandong province,” Liu said. “The Chinese side will not welcome him to make news in China.”

Bale will star in the third film of director Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise in 2012. He won a best-supporting actor Oscar this year for his role in the film “The Fighter.”

— With assistance by Nick Wadhams

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