Christian Bale has a reputation for undergoing extreme body transformations for movie roles, from shrinking down for The Machinist to beefing up for the Dark Knight trilogy. For his new project, Bale used the time-honored acting technique of “eating a lot of pies” to morph into former Vice President Dick Cheney, and the result speaks for itself. Between the weight gain, the prosthetic makeup, and the typically flawless American accent, Bale is all but unrecognizable in the first trailer for Vice.
As he did in The Big Short, director Adam McKay seems to be walking the line between drama and comedy as he shows how Cheney came to have unprecedented power as vice president. Vice also stars some other, more recognizable actors, including Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, and Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush. (I guess playing Zaphod Beeblebrox was good practice for Rockwell.) Still, all eyes are on Bale, especially when he takes his shirt off and reveals the glorious outcome of all that pie.