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Hollywood star Bale tries to visit China activist

The Associated Press, Thursday, December 15, 2011, 8:36pm (PST)

BEIJING (AP) -- Academy Award winner Christian Bale, in the midst of promoting a film he made in China that some critics have called propaganda, has been stopped trying to visit a blind activist living under house arrest — with a CNN camera crew in tow.

CNN posted footage of a scuffle between Bale and the activist's guards on its website Friday.

The run-in and publicity is likely to cause discomfort in China's government-backed film industry, which hopes Bale's movie "The Flowers of War" might be a creative success at home and abroad. It also raises questions about whether it was prudent to bring the star to see an activist guarded by thugs who have turned away dozens of reporters and fellow activists trying to see him in the past.

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