(NEW YORK) -- Christian Bale is disheartened by China's treatment of a blind human rights activist under house arrest who the actor attempted to visit last week.
A CNN crew shot the confrontation, in which The Dark Knight star was physically prevented by government guards from visiting Chen Guangcheng, who was imprisoned for four years and has reportedly been confined to his home in China with his family for over a year.
Bale says, "I just find it nauseous that such a good man, a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, someone who was at one time named one of Time's 100 most influential people in the world, is being treated this way."
Bale was in China to promote his new film, The Flowers of War, which focuses on a 1937 Japanese invasion of the Chinese city Nanjing.
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