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Christopher Nolan

James Holmes is a Savage

7/20/2012 3:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Dark Knight Rises" director Christopher Nolan just released the following statement regarding the massacre in Colorado:

"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 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.

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."

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Nataly    

People need to stop blaming television, video games, and other forms of entertainment for your actions. It is either you are not mentally healthy or you are to figure out that television and other forms of entertainment are suppose to be for entertaining and not as an excuse for one's actions.

721 days ago
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Robert Black    

Very well said sir. My prayers are with the victims and their family.

721 days ago
48.

Mandy    

Beautifully said.

721 days ago
49.

nay    

Thank you Mr. Nolan for those amazing words.

721 days ago
50.

Cruise Lover    

Mr. Nolan is using this tragedy to promote his VIOLENT film.

721 days ago
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NYANIMALLAWYER    

I wanted to express my condolences to the direct victims, other victims, and for the rest of us feeling pain also. Same on TMZ for using the term "savages" in describing Mr. Nolan's statements. The perp's actions were brutal, savage, etc. but the term "savages" brings in mind indigineous people we labelled as such after entering, and usually destroying, their lives. Ditto for "animals"-animals do NOT do the things humans do. A lion's whose kids have eaten and are safe don't run around slaughtering or do any of the awful things humans do. The term for perps like this one is "monster". And, BTW, all serial killers and sexual homicide perps start off with animals, as do upwards of 90% (depending on studies) of other violent perps. Look back into this monster's background, including but not limited to, the Columbine Killers, BTK, Dahmer, Joel Rifkin and, when we catch him/them, the Long Island Serial Killer (aka Gilgo Beach Serial Killer). So, for those who don't care about critters, Vick's Vicktims, etc., remember-someone you love may be next on the animal abuser's list.

721 days ago
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bubblezzz    

Enough said...It will never be the character Batman or the Joker to blame for the act of this psychotic Bastard!

721 days ago
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RATTLESNAKE     

the great american art form of directing actors to use glorified weapons to shoot and kill people, to blow stuff up and make it look as real as posible, wow that is some very positive art to enjoy ... good job hollywood bravo

721 days ago
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Lenett    

There are no movies out there that I would pay money to see. All are blood & goor. I hope this gives a heads up to Moneywood to start getting desant films in the future. One can dream can't they. My Prayes go out tho the people this jerk decided to kill. If you look futher it said in one article that he had no friends but someone on the com. That should have been your first clue to get him to a Dr. Tragic all the way . Lenett

721 days ago
55.

Shroudwoman     

Your movies portray the EXACT same EVIL violence which you make (MILLIONS on from the audience ) portrayed by amazing actors (The MOST amazing of which was was taken over and "possessed" by the EVIL that oozes from your films -HEATH LEDGER) .The young young man was EXTREMELY troubled (I imagine molested as a child or something) but the films, television ("DEXTER"? ) and sick sick video games of constant sick evil violence that is often the ONLY escape for young boys in America everyday coupled with the INSANE lack of GUN CONTROL- I mean what do we expect?????? The society has become so sick and YOU just feed it and get rich doing so.

721 days ago
56.

kevin re    

I think time warner should give some proceeds to the victim families

721 days ago
57.

Rob    

A lot of you are missing the point A LOT of innocent people died and got injured last night because of the shooter, the families friends and co workers are in shock, How can you blame the director of the movie he did not tell the guy to go shoot up the movie theater the guy did it on his own so why blame the director just pray for the VICTIMS of this horrible, horrible crime.

721 days ago
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Sabine Mondestin    

This shooter is sick ...I agree 100% with Mr Nolan . Movie theater a suppose to be a place to enjoy life ...a peaceful entertainment ...Not to be scare of what will happen to you ...Outrageous !!!

720 days ago
59.

Kate    

well, no, he was not a "savage"... as apparently he was a "high achieving" American...who was nearly achieving PHD status...who has no previous mental illness or criminal record...so apparently he thought he was Heath Ledger...who has been "glamourized' by the "Hollywood" media for his over the top, heroin induced portrayal of the "Joker"which the studios...happily parlayed into a box office bonanza...
How the elite of Hollywood must agonize over how they will spend all the blood money earned from the sensasionalistic violence of their creative minds. Should we but a new mansion, or a eco friendly car, or shall we but a new Armani wardrobe?Maybe we can take a vacion in the South of France to ease our bloody concience?

720 days ago
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jacklyn johnson    

This is a terrible news! I am very sorry for the families of those who are affected. Thanks for the heads up on the Evertalk memorial page Christina. I will make sure to visit it.

719 days ago
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