Beijing has pulled the red carpet from under the feet of Christian Bale, the Oscar-winning actor who stars in China’s latest box-office hit, after he tried to visit a detained dissident.
China’s foreign ministry accused Bale of “fabricating news” after the Hollywood actor made international headlines recently when he tried to visit a blind lawyer-dissident being held under house arrest.
The British actor, who was in China to promote his Nanjing Massacre film The Flowers of War, was stopped on the outskirts of the village in eastern China where the activist Chen Guangcheng is being detained.
Asked by reporters if China was embarrassed by Bale’s actions, foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said, “I think it is the relevant actor who should feel embarrassed instead of the Chinese side.”
“The Chinese side will not welcome him to make news in China,” Liu added, suggesting Bale would not be allowed back into the country.
While Bale may have fallen out of favor with Beijing, his film set during the massacre has been a hit with local moviegoers.
1. red carpet n. phr.
紅地毯 (hong2 di4 tan3)
例: The minister was given the red carpet treatment.
2. dissident n.
異議人士 (yi4 yi4 ren2 shi4)
例: A total of 21works by dissident artist Ai Weiwei from 1983 to the present are currently on display at TFAM.
3. fall out of favor v. phr.
不再受歡迎 (bu2 zai4 shou4 huan1 ying2)
例: This style of house has fallen out of favor with most people lately.