'The Vice' official trailer: Christian Bale's unrecognizable transformation into Dick Cheney is almost as shocking a 'The Machinist'
Christian Bale shaved his head and put on four pounds to play the role of the former Vice President in the upcoming movie.
Christian Bale did it again, and no, he's far from reprising the Batman role. Much to the disappointment of his fans, Bale has gone ahead and transformed into a character he's playing on the screen so impeccably well, that at first glance, the idea of the face belonging to Bale seems beyond just impossible. We're talking a Charlize Theron in the film 'Monster' level transformation here, as Bale stepped into the shoes of former vice president of the United States, Dick Cheney, for his upcoming movie, 'Vice' - the trailer for which debuted just an hour ago.
The 44-year-old actor is known for his go-to process of method acting when it comes to transforming into most of the intense roles he has played on screen, and that includes his iconic transformation for the movie 'The Machinist.' Bale had to drop a whopping 62 pounds to fit into the character - Trevor Reznik - in the 2004 psychological thriller that centered around Reznik's severe insomnia and psychological issues lead to an accident, which eventually sends him into a downward spiral of paranoia and delusion.
But this time around - with a similarly iconic transformation - Bale is playing the role the 77-year-old Cheney in the upcoming dramedy that will follow the story of the former vice president and explore all of his infamous power maneuvers, alongside his personal life. And of course, his pretty unscrupulous relationship with the then president. The trailer for 'Vice' has revealed that much for sure, so far, and also showcases Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush, Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, and Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld.
The little over two minutes long trailer shows Bale interacting with Rockwell's Bush, saying: “I’m a CEO of a large company, and I have been secretary of defense, and I have been White House chief of staff. The vice presidency is a mostly symbolic job." Bush is speaking to Cheney at this point, asking him to be his right-hand man. And as the clip concludes, Bale's Cheney can be heard adding: “However, if we came to a different understanding... I believe we can make this work.”
And boy, did Bale make it work! As Variety reports, "To play Cheney, Bale had to shave his head, bleach his eyebrows, and put on 40 pounds — but that’s nothing new for the Oscar winner, who is known for undergoing intense transformations." They also note another of Bale's transformations referring to 'The Machinist' in the past, where he gained all of the 60 pounds he had lost for the film right in time to play Batman in 2005's 'Batman Begins.' That's right - all of this, in just a year.
The biopic, directed by 'The Big Short’s Adam McKay, has Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick from McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions serving as producers, along with Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner from Pitt’s 'Plan B.' Annapurna Pictures is supposed to release the film worldwide on Christmas Day.