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Christian Bale bravely fights on the side of justice in the Batman saga, and in real life, he acted just as courageously while visiting China.
In Beijing to promote his new film The Flowers of War, a period war drama set in 1930s Nanjing, Bale took time to pay a visit to activist Chen Ghuangcheng, a blind attorney who's under house arrest. Chen was previously in prison for reportedly damaging property and disturbing traffic during a political protest.
But the Oscar winner's attempt was aggressively thwarted when the guards stationed in front of Chen's house grew upset with the actor's arrival. Bale's confrontation with the guards, who began to shove and shout "Go Away!" was caught on camera by a CNN crew who accompanied Bale to the activist's home village Dongshigu in eastern China.
"I am here to see Chen Guangcheng," Bale told the guards in English, which was then translated by his guides.
That's when the guards, dressed in winter gear, became agitated and tried to push the actor and his entourage away from the driveaway.
After he was denied entry, Bale started taping the guards with a small camera and asked, "Why can I not visit this free man?" At that point, several guards shoved Bale and grabbed for his camera.
Unable to visit Chen, Bale returned to his van, which was followed by some of the upset guards.
On the car trip back to Beijing, Bale said: "What I really wanted to do was to meet the man, shake his hand and say what an inspiration he is."
Watch the footage below.