Yes this is real. Hopefully Barack isn't too busy running the country to avenge a washed up child star.
While in China to promote a movie, Christian Bale attempted to meet a personal hero, Chen Guangcheng, a blind lawyer and activist who is confined to his home and guarded by Chinese police. The police pushed and punched Bale and members of the film crew with him, and they then chased the actor's car as he fled the location.
Personally, I would have loved to see Bale go all Batman on those policemen.