How Bale and Amy Adams became the Cheneys in ‘Vice’

AP News – Christian Bale had a choice to make. He’d been hemming and hawing about Adam McKay’s very unconventional proposition that he play Dick Cheney in a biopic about the former vice president of the United States, and his deadline to decide was coming up.

I thought it was going to be impossible. I also didn’t want to do that much work,Bale said recently in Beverly Hills. “I just thought, ‘this is going to be a lot of work!’ Like, ‘Do you realize how difficult this is going to be? I don’t really want to do that.’”

But he started researching Cheney and doing some early makeup tests and realized he’d become obsessed. Suddenly seeing his name next to Cheney’s didn’t seem “so completely crazy.” He had to say yes.

Besides, he laughed, “There’s always attraction, I feel like, in ending a career in one go.

So Bale and, eventually, his frequent co-star Amy Adams (“The Fighter,” ″American Hustle”), decided to do the impossible and become the enigmatic Dick and Lynne Cheney for McKay’s “Vice.” The charged polemic, which arrives in theaters Christmas day, follows the Cheneys from their inauspicious origins to Washington D.C., where Dick Cheney would became one of the most powerful and influential figures in the country.

To Bale, Cheney was someone who thrived on serving someone, whether it be Donald Rumsfeld or George W. Bush, but that his first loyalty was to his wife. The film posits a Shakespearean power dynamic where Lynne is pulling strings behind the scenes.

Lynne was the ambition and the driving force,Bale said. “Times being as they were Lynne was not able to achieve all these goals that she wished she could achieve herself. She needed a man to do that and so Dick became that vessel through which she achieved her own ambitions.

Adams too became fascinated by her character’s initiative and intelligence, and realized she needed to stop thinking of her as merely “Dick Cheney’s wife.

My daughter asked me what I was going to play, and I said, ’I’m playing Dick Cheney’s wife. And she was like, ‘Why are you always playing a wife and a girlfriend?’ And I realized even I had assigned her a position that was in relationship to Dick Cheney and it changed the way that I view her,Adams said. “I was like you know what, ‘No I’m playing Lynne Cheney. She’s married to Dick Cheney. She is his wife, but she has her own identity.’”

Neither met their real-life subject, who they would be portraying over the course of four decades. Bale wanted to but was “warned away from trying to do that.”

It’s one of those deals where they say if you bump into somebody, well good, chat all you want, but if you reach out to somebody, it’s a different legal thing that happens with that,” he said.

But they had a lot of resources to help, including first-hand accounts from people who knew them, and the internet. Bale’s phone is still full of videos and photos of Cheney, right alongside those of his wife and kids.

“I haven’t been able to get rid of it yet,” said Bale, laughing that he’s become fond of the memories.

Of course, learning about Dick and Lynne Cheney is one thing, but Bale and Adams would also have to look like them as well for “Vice” to work. For Bale, that meant yet another significant physical transformation that involved wearing fake teeth, gaining some 40 pounds, adding “a couple of inches” to his neck and spending about four hours in the makeup chair every day.

It helps me get into character, but it doesn’t help me live a long life. Really. I’ve really got to stop doing it at some point,Bale said.

He used to laugh at people who would just opt for an easy fat suit, instead of doing the work, until he realized that Gary Oldman had done just that for his Oscar-winning Winston Churchill transformation for “Darkest Hour.” But at that point he had already gained 25 pounds and decided he might as well just keep going. Adams, too gained some weight.

I found it helpful for just the gravitas that Lynne had,Adams said. “She felt very earthy to me.

One thing Adams struggled with was the long hours in the makeup chair.

One day I was so tired, I felt like I was on a boat and I was sitting there and we were working late into the night and I said, ‘I don’t know how you do it, Christian, I really have so much admiration for you,’ and he was just like, ‘I don’t think about it,’” she said. “It’s exactly what I needed to hear in that moment.

Although the film itself may be political, both Bale and Adams would rather stay out of commenting on or making judgments about their characters and their politics.

I didn’t approach this with my own opinions. I don’t typically head into any character I approach by judging them,Adams said. “That kind of shuts me down in creating the character.

Bale added: “If you’re watching us on the screen and you know Amy’s political stance on what Lynne was saying and my opinion and how much I disagree or agree with…it really kind of ruins the whole point.

And perhaps the story is more complicated than party lines. Bale said, when you remove the “enormously horrific things,” like the Iraq War and enhanced interrogation, you are, “Kind of left with a love story.

You get this incredibly devoted man who recognizes that he would not have been the person he became were it not for his wife. You get a man who contrary to the times and what was popular with his party, without any hesitation, embraced his daughter Mary when she came out. He didn’t give a damn what anybody else thought. But I think also that is largely a part of what makes this story, and any story interesting,Bale said. “There is this desire so often to make everyone into superheroes, to be all villain or all hero and nobody is … So it’s trying to find that balance but hopefully not putting anything of myself into it.

Does that make sense?Bale added, “Or does it sound REALLY pretentious?

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Amy attends the special reception for ‘Vice’

Amy Adams attended a special reception for her movie Vice on Thursday (December 20) at Ousia restaurant in New York City.

During the event she posed with Jake Gyllenhaal

Amy has already received Best Supporting Actress nominations from the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the Critics’ Choice Awards for her work in Vice.

Also joining Amy at the reception were her future The Woman in the Window co-star Fred Hechinger and her former Dr. Vegas co-star Joe Pantoliano.

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Appearances & Public Events > 2018 > Dec 20 │Special Reception for ‘VICE’ in New York City

Amy Adams promote ‘Vice’ at ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’!

On December 17, Amy Adams was at the Late Night With Seth Meyers to talk about her character in the upcoming movie ‘Vice’.  During the interview Amy said that while her portrayal of Lynne Cheney in Vice was inspired by the former second lady, she also took inspiration from her grandmother while playing the part.

As I started researching her, there was something in her voice and something that sort of started to remind me of my grandmother,Adams said.

She noted that her grandmother was raised in Utah, while Cheney was born in Wyoming. “There was just something in the way she was raised,Adams said. “My grandmother was raised on a farm and there was a pioneering spirit.

My grandma, she was tough. She told it how it was. There was no sugarcoating it,” the actress continued.

We would go over to her house, and it was the idea that the kids would help out,” she recalled. “We would clean cans. There was no, like, Grandma spoiling you, which I was used to.

Seth Meyers asked what Adams would do with the can when she was done cleaning it. “You would put it back up with all the other cans in the cupboard,” she said.

She was great, but tough. We did a lot of chores,” the actress added. “We got worked hard at Grandma’s house, so I guess something about the work ethic that was instilled reminded me of Lynne Cheney.

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Amy Adams visits GMA!

On December 19, Amy Adams stopped by Good Morning America to promote her upcoming movie ‘Vice‘!

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Amy Adams attends the Q&A and reception for ‘Vice’

On December 18, Amy Adams continued the promotion for ‘Vice’ while attending the Q&A and a reception for the movie in New York City.

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Appearances & Public Events > 2018 > Dec 18 │Q&A and Reception for Annapurna Pictures ‘VICE’ in New York City

Amy Adams attends ‘Vice’ screening hosted by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences

Amy Adams alongside with director Adam McKay attended a screening of their new movie Vice on Tuesday (December 18) at the Celeste Bartos Theater at the the MoMA in New York City.

The actress went chic in an all black outfit as she and her director attended the screening of their new film hosted by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Vice hits theaters on Christmas Day

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Appearances & Public Events > 2018 > Dec 18 │Academy Screening of ‘Vice’ hosted by The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences in NYC

Amy Adams attends the ‘Vice’ BAFTA film screening

On December 17, Amy Adams was in her element as she discussed the biographical film “Vice” at the BAFTA film screening in New York City.

The actress cut a chic figure in a sensational black suit and white shirt as she continued her promotional run for the movie – in which she plays Lynn Cheney, the wife of former United States Vice President Dick Cheney.

Also in the screening as the movie’s director, Adam McKay.

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Appearances & Public Events > 2018 > Dec 17 │’Vice’ BAFTA film screening in New York City