By now you are probably familiar with the horrific tragedy that occurred in Aurora, Colorado early yesterday morning (July 20, 2012) at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. Many people responded, including President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey (who both encouraged taking a moment of silence.) Now, the film's director, Christopher Nolan, is speaking on behalf of the cast and crew about this horrible act of violence. In a statement released yesterday, he said,
"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 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 theater 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 of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families."Warner Brothers went on to cancel a red carpet premiere in Paris and removed gun violence scenes from the film's trailer. Additionally, the studio has agreed not release any box office numbers this weekend, out of respect for the families. All sales accumulated over the weekend will be released on Monday.
Editor's Note: our prayers go out to all affected in Aurora, Colorado.
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