Christian Bale visits victims of movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo.

July 24, 2012 at 5:56 PM ET

Christian Bale is making a quiet trip to Aurora, Colo. to visit with the victims of last week's movie theater massacre.

With free time thanks to the cancellations of premieres and press appearances for "The Dark Knight Rises" in Mexico and Japan, Bale took it upon himself to visit, Warner Bros. told The Denver Post.

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On Friday, the Oscar-winner issued a brief statement expressing his sympathies to those impacted by the mass shooting, allegedly carried out by James Holmes, at the midnight screening of Bale's final Batman film.

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

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Last week, a petition urging Bale to visit the victims in Colorado emerged online.

Image: An Aurora Police Department detective took a witness statement following a shooting Friday morning. Aurora Police responded to the Century 16 movie theatre early Friday morning, July 20, 2012.
Karl Gehring
Twelve people were killed and 58 injured when a gunman opened fire during the premiere of a Batman movie.

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