Christian Bale is in the news, but far from the cinema screens. Indeed, the British-American actor famous for his incarnation of Batman reveals himself to be a very real vigilante and benefactor, with the culmination of a 16-year project to help orphans in California.
Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne
Remember, at the end of The Dark Knight RisesBruce Wayne’s legacy indicated that the Wayne family mansion was to become an orphanage to help the orphans of Gotham. A way for Bruce Wayne, himself an orphan, to come full circle with this ultimate act of charity.
This cinema story resonates today in the real world, since the actor Christian Bale, interpreter of Bruce Wayne aka Batman in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, is the head of a major charitable project in the Los Angeles area.
“An important subject for me”
The actor is in fact at the origin of the project Together California, which aims to build a host village to allow orphaned brothers and sisters to live together, rather than being separated into different host families. A project which began more than 15 years ago, a long time which can be explained in particular by the acquisition of land on which to build.
Christian Bale explained to AP the reasons for his commitment:
Caring for orphans has always been an important subject for me. I know of other similar models in the United States and elsewhere, and the goal was to do it in California. I am grateful to my long-time partner Eric Esrailian and to both of our community who are coming to support these families for years to come. (…) When I started this project, I had a beautiful three-year-old little girl. She is now at university. I have a nine year old son. I can’t imagine that if we hadn’t been there, they would have been separated…
According to information from Deadline, there are 437,000 orphans in care in the United States, including 60,000 in California. More than 75% of these orphans in California are separated from their brothers and sisters. It is in Palmdale, 60 km north of Los Angeles, that 12 houses, 2 apartments and a community center will be built, at a cost of 22 million dollars. 70 orphans will thus be able to be housed there and supported towards adulthood.