Christian Bale on his latest unbelievable transformation into Dick Cheney
Bale takes on the role of Dick Cheney, Vice President during the George W. Bush administration, in Adam McKay’s highly anticipated political biography, Vice.
Christian Bale, Sam Rockwell, Amy Adams
December 25, 2018
While Bale has the most attention-grabbing role as the tough-minded Republican operative who many believe was a kind of evil genius secretly running the country during the Bush II years, he’s backed up by a typically strong McKay supporting cast: Amy Adams as Cheney’s outspoken wife Lynne, Sam Rockwell as W, Big Short co-star Steve Carell as Bush’s Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Tyler Perry as Secretary of State Colin Powell.
All eyes will be on Bale, though, even if this is only the latest in his long line of thoroughly transformative roles. He went in the other direction and lost an alarming amount of weight to play a gaunt insomniac in The Machinist, won a Supporting Actor Academy Award for portraying real-life, drug-addicted ex-boxer Dicky Eklund in The Fighter and adopted another intentionally unattractive, overweight look for American Hustle.
“It is not like a biopic you’ve seen before. I don’t know if people would even call it that. Which is why I chose to do it,” says Bale. “I thought Adam was crazy for asking me, but then I read the script and I spoke with Adam. Then I understood and I said yes.”
While it’s unlikely Cheney will appreciate everything in liberal filmmaker McKay’s movie about him, Bale still hopes that all the work he put into it will impress the once-powerful yet always mysterious more-than-a-Vice-President (the film was originally called Backseat).
We caught up with Christian Bale to talk about his amazing transformation. Watch the interview below and see Vice in Cineplex theatres on December 25th.
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