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Christopher Nolan: Aurora 'Dark Knight Rises' Shooting 'Senseless'

07/20/2012 06:59 pm ET | Updated Jul 20, 2012

"Dark Knight Rises" director Christopher Nolan has broken his silence on the shooting that took place at a screening of his film in Aurora, Co. In a statement which Nolan says is on behalf of the cast and crew of the film, the famed director expresses "profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy" and explains that "the movie theatre is my home."

Here's his full statement:

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.

TV networks announced Friday that they were pulling advertisements for the movie. Warner Bros., the studio behind the film, was reportedly editing the trailer to remove depictions of gun violence.

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