As you probably remember, Christian Bale revealed last year that he gained 40 pounds to play Dick Cheney in the 2018 film, Vice. The weight gain was worth it as he was nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars.
But after gaining all that weight, he had to lose most of it pretty fast for his next role in Ford v Ferrari.
On Monday, the award-winning actor told Variety that he couldn’t fit inside the race car at first…
I had to get in the car. I could not bloody – these things are not made for comfort, these cars. They’re tight. So, I couldn’t bloody get in them. That would have been a whole different film.
They filmed this flick back in the summer of 2018, so he was fresh off his weight gain. No word on what he did to lose the weight, but at this point, he seems to have mastered the art of losing/gaining weight for a role.
Ford v Ferrari is set to hit theaters November 15, 2019. Matt Damon co-stars in the movie.
91-year-old Harry Whittington, the former lawyer who was shot in the face by Dick Cheney while hunting over 10 years ago, talked to the DailyMail recently and confirmed he’ll be watching Vice.
He has already watched the trailer, and from what he saw, the way they show the shooting isn’t accurate, but he’s still interested to see how it plays out on screen.
“I’m planning to watch it and some of my daughters have talked about going to see it after watching the trailer. I told them I would go with them. We don’t know much about the film and have not been contacted by the producers. The trailer is not exactly what happened and there was no automobile involved.”
For those who don’t remember, the infamous hunting accident happened back in February of 2006. Cheney thought he was firing at a bird in the sky, but ended up shooting 150 birdshot pellets right at Whittington.
“Whittington had to have surgery to remove the pellets from his face and body. The lawyer also suffered a heart attack because of the lead that found its way into his blood vessels.”
Believe it or not, Whittington claims he has no hard feelings toward Cheney. He believes it was truly an accident, and those sometimes happen while hunting.
We all know Christian Bale is not afraid to completely change his body for a movie. He dropped a lot of weight for The Machinist, gained weight for American Hustle, and then gained muscle for The Dark Knight franchise.
And for his latest project, Vice, he gained 40lbs to accurately portray former Vice President Dick Cheney. Some of you might be thinking, “Oh, poor Bale. He got to eat anything he wanted!” But it’s not that simple. He had to gain those 40 pounds in a short time period, and he had to do it safely, so he had help from a nutritionist. It wasn’t like he was eating double cheeseburgers every single day.
Anyway, it looks like the hard work paid off, ’cause Bale looks eerily similar to Cheney in the trailer you see below.
“The trailer opens with Bush, played by Sam Rockwell, attempting to recruit Cheney to be his Number Two. Cheney comes ready to bargain. ‘I’m a CEO of a large company,’ he explains in a somber, gravelly voice. ‘I have been Secretary of Defense, and I have been White House Chief of Staff. The Vice Presidency is a mostly symbolic job.'”
Adam Mckay directed this movie, which is set to hit theaters this Christmas. In addition to Bale and Rockwell, Vice will co-star Steve Carrell and Amy Adams.
We told you last week that Sam Rockwell was joining Adam McKay’sDick Cheney biopic. Rockwell was the last piece to the puzzle. He will be playing George W. Bush in the movie, which is expected to begin filming this fall.
Christian Bale has the starring role as the former vice president Dick Cheney, and it’s clear he’s committed to this role. He was at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado this past weekend, and as you can see in the photos, he has gained some weight for this role. He also dyed his dark eyebrows blonde to look more like Cheney.
Honestly, this transformation might seem dramatic, but it’s probably been a smooth ride for Bale. He’s no stranger to insane transformations. For the 2004 film The Machinist, Bale lost about 70 pounds. He weighed just 121 pounds, which is kinda frightening ’cause he stands at 6’2″
He then gained it all back and added 30 more pounds for Batman Begins one year later. So yeah, gaining a few pounds and making his eyebrows blonde is probably a walk in the freaking park for Bale.
As we mentioned in the previous post, this biopic does not have an official release date, but we will keep you posted.
As you might have heard, Adam McKay is teaming up with Christian Bale once more for the Dick Cheney biopic, Cheney. McKay and Bale previously worked together on the 2015 award-winning film, The Big Short.
Bale will play Cheney in this upcoming biopic of the former vice president. Amy Adams will play his wife and Steve Carell (who also starred in The Big Short) is set to play Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Those roles were decided early in this production.
One of the last major roles needing to be cast? George W. Bush. After looking at several actors, McKay and Annapurna Pictures decided Sam Rockwell was the man for the job. It’s a great decision. I’ve always got this strange George Bush vibe from Rockwell, like, it was always on my mind that he could play Bush in a movie one day. He has the look, the voice, and even the body language.
“Bale is portraying the titular character in a story that chronicles Cheney avoiding military service in the Vietnam War, his rise to CEO of the multinational corporation Halliburton and finally becoming what some have called the most powerful U.S. vice president ever to hold office.”
Filming could start as early as September. No word on when we should expect to see this released, but we will keep you posted.