In the wake of the tragedy that unfolded at midnight screenings of his movie in Aurora, Colorado Friday morning, Christopher Nolan wants those affected to know he's keeping them in his thoughts.
The film's director issued a statement Friday evening, addressing the families in mourning -- as well as moviegoers around the world.
"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," Nolan says. "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," Nolan adds, referring to alleged shooter James Holmes, whose attack resulted in 12 deaths and more than 38 injuries. "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."
This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Dark Knight Rises Director Christopher Nolan Speaks Out About Colorado Tragedy
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