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And you thought Bane was Batman's biggest antagonist. Following his scuffle with government authorities in China last week, Christian Bale has been called out by the Chinese government for being an opportunist looking to "create news."

Bale was detained by Chinese guards last week when he attempted to see Chen Guangcheng, a blind civil rights activist and lawyer who has been under house arrest in China for over a year after defending "thousands of women who were victims of forced sterilizations and abortions."

"I'm not being brave doing this," Bale told CNN. "The local people who are standing up to the authorities and insisting on going to visit Chen and his family and getting beaten up for it and my understanding is getting detained for it -- I want to support what they're doing."

About his own lack of bravery, it seems the Chinese government agrees. "If anyone should be embarrassed it's the relevant actor, not the Chinese side," Liu Weimin, a Chinese ministry spokesman, told Reuters. "What I understand is that the actor was invited by the director Zhang Yimou to attend the movie premiere. He was not invited to any village in Shandong to create news or make a film. If he wants to create news, I don't think that would be welcomed by China."

Bale stars in 'The Flowers of War,' about the infamous Rape of Naking in 1937.

As Bale's publicist told Huffington Post, the Batman star was "there for work" and was "just really moved on a personal level," which is why he attempted to see Chen.

[via NYT/ArtsBeat]

[Photo: AP]



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