When Christian Bale signs up for a movie, he means it (ma-a-a-n). Vice sees him undergoing possibly his biggest transformation yet, to become former US Vice President Dick Cheney.
American Psycho, The Machinist, American Hustle and the Dark Knight trilogy, just to name a few, gave us all very different Bales – but can you even see him in the picture of his portrayal of Cheney, above?
It’s the story of George W. Bush’s presidency, and the role that Cheney as VP played in it. Many believed he was really the one calling the shots – not necessarily such a long bow to draw.
If Bale’s casting isn’t big enough, Sam Rockwell takes on the role of George Dubbya, while Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Tyler Perry, Jesse Plemons, Alison Pill and Eddie Marsan round out the impressive cast. Adam McKay (The Big Short) has both written and directed the film.
From JFK to Watergate and beyond, American politics has always been an interesting spectacle. Vice holds up a mirror to another turbulent political era, one that in many ways led to where the USA – and, by default, the rest of the world – finds itself today.
As for Bale, he’ll continue to keep us guessing with upcoming roles as car racing legend Ken Miles in Ford vs Ferrari and panther Bagheera in Mowgli.
Vice is set to invade Australian cinemas on December 26.