First trailer for 'Vice' shows Christian Bale's incredible transformation into Dick Cheney
Whether or not you like him as an actor, Christian Bale is definitely dedicated to his craft. Not only does he completely submerse himself in the world and character he's playing, but he brings his body along for the ride. And that doesn't always mean putting on a few prosthetics or getting a haircut, but going to extreme lengths to ensure he looks the part.
The most notable case of this is back in 2003, when Bale was preparing for his role in The Machinist. To play a paranoid insomniac with a truly skeletal body, his diet consisted merely of "water, an apple, and one cup of coffee per day, with the occasional whiskey".
He lost over 60 pounds for that role, only to gain it back as muscle when he suited up to play Batman in 2005's Batman Begins. For that role, he had a regime of heavy-core, plyometrics and resistance training, and a high-protein diet, gaining 100 pounds - only for the director to tell him to lose 20.
Now, it looks like he's doing it again - this time to take on the role of former Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney. Cheney definitely clearly looks considerably different to the politician, so he had to undergo some changes. He was first spotted at the Telluride Film Festival a year ago, right before he was to start filming - shocking fans with his weight gain for the role.
The film, directed by Adam McKay, chronicles Cheney's life as the vice president under George W. Bush during his administration. It also covers his beginnings in Washington, his service under the likes of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, and his work as the CEO of energy management company Halliburton.
Now, we've got our first proper glimpse of him in the role, as the trailer for the biopic 'Vice' has been released:
Speaking about it in the past, the director implied that it will deal with Cheney's role in US foreign policy in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks - which sounds pretty serious considering the fact that the director has more experience with comedy than political dramas - at least until recently.
McKay is the same man behind comedy classics like Anchorman and Step Brothers, but took a step into the politically-charged Oscar-winning film The Big Short - which also landed Christian Bale a Best Supporting Actor nomination.
The film also co-stars Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, and Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush (looking spot-on if you ask me). While their performances require less of an extreme physical transformation than Bale's did, it will be interesting to see whether or not they manage to successfully embody the people who shaped both the country they served and the how the rest of the world would see them.
The film is set to be released in theatres for Christmas Day.