While Christian Bale was promoting his new movie, The Flowers of War, in China, he decided to pay a visit to human-rights activist Chen Guangcheng. His idea, however, didn't go over well with the Chinese government.
Not only did Christian try to visit Chen without permission, but he also brought a CNN camera crew with him.
Chen is under house arrest in eastern China after exposing forced abortions and sterilizations and serving a four-year prison sentence.
Christian didn't accomplish his goal and was chased away by government guards.
"What I really wanted to do was to meet the man, shake his hand and say what an inspiration he is," he told CNN cameras.
On Wednesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weiminsaid said (via the New York Daily News) that Christian, not China, should feel embarrassed about the incident.
Director Zhang Yimou invited Christian to attend the opening ceremony of the film, The Flowers of War, in which Christian stars.
“But he was not invited to create a story or shoot film in a certain village,” Weiminsaid said. “I think if you want to make up news in China, you will not be welcome here.”
The Flowers of War is China's official submission this year for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.
But if the film wins, we doubt Christian will be invited back to China to celebrate.