With the release of the new Batman movie, Dark Knight Rises, the film's stars are making their way around the world for movie premieres. However, Batman himself, Christian Bale's visit to London was a short one as he claims the city "holds bad memories" for him.
At the London premiere of the Dark Knight Rises on Wednesday, Christian Bale only spent a few hours in the city. He had flown in from Paris and went right back again while the rest of the cast stuck around the city for the following days' press meeting.
Entertainment Ireland noted that Christian Bale,38, has some issues with the city of London due to a past event. Four years ago, Bale was arrested at the five-star Dorchester hotel after he reportedly pushed his sister, Jenny, and mother, Sharon during a fight in the £6,000 ($9,300) a night suite of the hotel. Bale reportedly made a mutual agreement that he would only be in the city for three-and-a-half hours.
According to the Daily Mirror, a source said, "London holds some pretty bad memories for Christian, especially that hotel. While everyone else in the film, including Anne Hathaway, are staying in London, Christian didn't want to. Instead, he flew into Luton airport from Paris, walked the red carpet, and was then driven straight back to the airport to catch a flight back to France. He did not attend the cast and crew private dinner."
Entertainment Ireland reported that Bale has not yet reconciled with his mother, despite his mother trying to contact him. She reportedly flew to London from her Bournemouth, Dorset home in hopes of seeing her son while he was in the city for the premiere. However, she wasn't invited to the premiere. "I have not been invited to the premiere and will not be going as an official guest," she said as quoted by Entertainment Ireland.
Bale also may have wanted to escape London as it starts to get extra busy with tourists who are in town for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
When asked about the movie theater shooting during a Dark Knight Rises premiere in Colorado, Bale expressed his sympathy towards the victims.
"Words cannot express the horror that I feel," said Bale in a statement. "I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them."