Christopher Nolan, director of the “Dark Knight Rises” has issued a statement expressing his sadness at the shooting that took place at a midnight screening of his film in Aurora, Colorado in the United States.
The filmmaker gave the apology on behalf of the cast and crew of the film. He expressed his “profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy” and explains that “the movie theatre is my home.”
Here’s his full statement:
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. I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie.
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.
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.
Reports say 12 people were killed and as many as 50 injured when a gunman, identified as James Holmes, threw in a gas canister and opened fire on movie goers. It is said to be one of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States.
The Huffington Post reports that TV networks announced on Friday that they will be pulling advertisements for the movie. The studio behind the film, Warner Bros., are editing the trailer to remove the depictions of gun violence, the report said.