Christian Bale, the star of "The Dark Knight Rises," the film movie goers in Aurora, Colorado were enjoying before a gunman opened fire and killed 12, released a statement about the tragedy.

"Words cannot express the horror that I feel," he said. "I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them."

Bale's statement was the second message of outreach coming from those associated with the film. Director Christopher Nolan alsoreleased an eloquent message about the tragedy and his thoughts on its affects on his "home," the cinema.

"Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community," he said. "I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie."

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"I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime," Nolan said. "The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me. Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families."

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