Christian Bale’s performance as Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s “Vice” impressed Oscar voters earlier this year it earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role, but it most definitely did not make a fan out of the former Vice President himself. Just ahead of the movie’s one-year anniversary, Bale has shared the bluntly negative note he got from Cheney in reaction to his transformative “Vice” performance.
“I don’t know if he ever did. I’m not sure if he ever did,” Bale told Yahoo Entertainment when asked if Cheney ever saw “Vice.” “He did pass along a message to me. It was strangely enough through my son’s school. One of the moms, she was at a party he was at. She said, ‘Oh, I’m going to be seeing Christian tomorrow. Do you have anything to say to him?’ And he said, ‘Tell him he’s a dick.'”
Just when you think Cheney was making a pun on his name of course Bale was a dick if he was playing Dick Cheney, Bale said that doesn’t seem to have been the tone. “I thought, oh at least he’s got a sense of humor,” the actor said. “And [the mom] said, ‘No there was no humor to that whatsoever.”
Both Bale’s performance and McKay’s film as a whole was highly critical of Cheney and his run as Vice President. Bale won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama and infamously said during his acceptance speech, “Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role.” Evoking Satan while talking about his Cheney role prompted an enraged response from Cheney’s daughter, Liz Cheney, who resurfaced assault allegations against Bale on social media. “Satan probably inspired him to do this, too,” Cheney wrote in a caption accompanying the allegations.
Christian Bale didn’t win an Oscar for his unflattering portrayal of Vice President Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s 2018 film Vice, but he did earn a Golden Globe and plenty of accolades - including fiery condemnation from Fox News for his Globes acceptance speech. Even so, the British actor is already well-known for his dedication to the craft, which can next be seen in Ford v Ferrari with Matt Damon. While the two were promoting the new film, though, the subject of Cheney’s “appreciation” for Bale’s Vice performance came up.
And, as Yahoo! Entertainment revealed, it’s probably what you think it is:
“Strangely enough it was through my son’s school, one of the moms was at a party that [Cheney] was at, and she said, ‘Oh, I’m going to be seeing Christian tomorrow, you have anything to say to him?'” Bale, 45, recounted to us.
So, what did the former vice president think of Bale’s work in the film? As the actor continued, “he said, ‘Tell him he’s a dick.'” As lighthearted and Ellen DeGeneres-like as it would be to assume Cheney was using a double entendre to be funny, however, it seems he was being absolutely serious. “I went, ‘Oh, at least he’s got a sense of humor,” Bale said. “And she said, ‘No, there was no humor to it whatsoever.'”
EXCLUSIVE: It's official. Ford v Ferrari'sco-stars Christian Bale and Matt Damon have decided to buck the dismal odds of actors going against each other in the same category and will be campaigned by 20th Century Fox and Disney in the lead actor category at the Academy Awards and other contests including Golden Globes , Critics Choice, SAG , and BAFTA.
Ever since the well-received film premiered in Telluride I have been asking the consultants on the film if the two stars, both leads in my opinion, would be competing in the same category for awards consideration but always got the response that no decision had been made regarding importing one of them into supporting actor so they would not have to face each other, a common practice now despite billing or the size of the role. Some pundits speculated that they could be split as Bale, who plays tempestuous test driver Ken Miles in effect worksfor Damon's Carroll Shelby, the same thinking that Brad Pitt's character in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood works for DiCaprio's thus making it easier to justify splitting categories.
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This means Bale, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for 2010's The Fighter and was nominated for Lead Actor last year for Vice, will not be joining the imposing list of past Best Actor Oscar winners who are being campaigned for support this year in large roles that might just as reasonably be considered leading parts. Al Pacino in The Irishman,Anthony Hopkins in The Two Popes,Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood,and even Jamie Foxxin Just Mercyare among those fighting for a slot in the uber competitive supporting category full of major names. And as indicated above past Best Actor multiple nominee Pitt is also considered a front runner there, being campaigned for support so as not to face fellow above-the-title co-star DiCaprio, just as Hopkins , Hanks , Pacino, and Foxx are doing as well with their respective co-stars Jonathan Pryce, Matthew Rhys, Robert DeNiro, and Michael B. Jordan being pushed alone in the lead category. Bale and Damon are bucking the trend and it is highly rare to do that in modern Oscar campaigns. Interestingly both share the same PR representative who was involved in the decision in both forging ahead in the Best Actor race this year, which is equally crowded in a wide field that also includes along with the aforementioned Joaquin Phoenix, Adam Driver, Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Taron Egerton, and some still to be seen such as Mark Ruffalo in Dark Watersand Paul Walter Hauser in Richard Jewell.Bale has the best chance to prevail with our sister site Gold Derby currently listing him with 58 to 1 odds in the Best Race while Damon is listed 100 to 1. GD also has both on the Supporting chart since it was unclear how this would be worked out.
Bale and Damon will be trying to do something that hasn't happened in 28 years. In fact the last time two stars competed in the same category and both won nominations was for 1991's Thelma And Louisefor which both Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis were nominated as Best Actress. For the Best Actor race you would have to go back even further to 1984's Amadeuswith both Tom Hulce and F. Murray Abraham landing lead nominations, and the latter actually winning.The first example was for 1935's Mutiny On The Bountyin which threestars, Clark Gable , Charles Laughton, and Franchot Tone were each nominated for Best Actor , but all lost to Victor McLaglen in The Informer.That was the only time three co-stars competed against each other in a leading Oscar category, but was also the year before the Supporting categories, where this kind of co-star competition is more frequent, were introduced
Common wisdom among today's breed of Oscar strategists is that even if two stars were to be nominated against each other in the lead category they would most likely split the vote, winning nothing for the film instead of having a chance to pick up both lead and supporting Oscars if they split categories. In the rather paltry 17 times this has occurred in Oscar history only four times did a split not occur and one of the pair went on to victory. In addition to Abraham over Hulce, Shirley MacLaine in Terms Of Endearment1983 over Debra Winger, Peter Finch posthumously in Network 1976 over William Holden , and Bing Crosby in Going My Way 1944 over Barry Fitzgerald each won. In the latter's unique case Fitzgerald was also nominated in the Supporting Actor category for the same film and won there instead. After that the Academy changed its rules allowing an actor to be nominated only once for the same performance in whichever category they first get the required number of votes.
Sometimes campaigners and actors are taken off guard. Sarandon was nominated for lead actress in 1981's Atlantic Citydespite being campaigned for support and admitting she even voted for herself in that category. Kate Winslet also surprised with a Best Actress nomination and win for The Readerdespite a campaign for supporting following SAG and Golden Globe wins in that category. Ultimately, at least as far as the Motion Picture Academy is concerned members of the actor's branch make the determination on their own as to who is lead and who is supporting. They can , and apparently many times are influenced by the way a performance and film is campaigned and in recent years have clearly followed that lead. Just last year many thought Mahershala Ali was an equal lead opposite co-star Viggo Mortensen in Green Book but the actor and his team made the decision to be campaigned for supporting instead — and he won. It is hard to compete with as meaty a role as that ,especially if your role is trulysupporting.
Bale and Damon should be congratulated for staying above the title in the awards campaign , as well as the movie. Ford v Ferrariopens November 15. The Best Actor Oscar race has already opened. Gentlemen, start your engines.
The excitement surrounding Joker is reaching a fever pitch as the film nears release after having recently won the best film award at the Venice Film Festival. The last time a Batman-related movie received this much critical acclaim was The Dark Knight featuring Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning Joker performance.
Ledger's co-star in the film, Christian Bale, commented on Joaquin Phoenix reprising the role of the Clown Prince of Crime during promotions for his new film Ford v Ferrari.
"Joaquin is one of the best actors around, you know, and obviously I worked with Heath. You know, it's a brave thing to follow up that performance and he always makes interesting choices."
Bale then offered this.
"Dying to see it... I wish them the best with that."
Encouraging words coming from the Batman who headed the most critically acclaimed films ever about the world of The Dark Knight. While Ledger's performance in the film was praised as a game-changer, it was subsequently speculated that any other actor who would take on the role would be doomed to looking like a pale imitation of Ledger's iconic take on the character.
Jared Leto, another Oscar-winning actor, tried hard to avoid the inevitable comparisons when he played the Joker in Suicide Squad. Unfortunately, the changes he brought to the character were deemed too extreme and far removed from the Joker of the comics, and fans almost universally rejected the new Joker.
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When it was announced that Todd Philips was rebooting the character with his gritty Joker origin movie, the question of who will be the new Joker was speculated endlessly. The news that Joaquin Pheonix was finalized for the role was met with surprise on a mostly positive note. Pheonix has lately become known for choosing indie, gritty, low-budget projects far removed from the world of big-budget superhero films. But he is also known for being a fascinating performer with a complete commitment to whatever role he takes on.
Finally, after months of endless rumors surrounding the state of the film, it was screened at the Venice Film Festival and immediately received a rapturous welcome, with Pheonix drawing special praise for his turn as the Joker. Every reviewer who has seen the film seems to agree that the actor has spared no effort in embodying the mind and body of Arthur Fleck, a struggling standup comic who is buffeted endlessly by cruelties that exist in society on all sides, prompting him on his journey into darkness to be reborn as the maniacal Joker.
Now it remains to be seen whether the cumulation of praise and good wishes from the industry will translate into a film that manages to do what The Dark Knight did: make a killing at the box office and cement its status in pop culture as not just a great comic book movie, but one of the greatest action-dramas of all time, with a performance that will be remembered for generations and inspire the next actor who dares to take on the role of the Joker. But no pressure! This news comes from ComicBook.com.
Ford v Ferrari is an old-school Hollywood drama — the type that is in short supply these days. It has movie stars! It has an uplifting, all-American message! It has timely needle-drops that make you perk-up and say, “Hey, I love that song!” We need more movies like this, especially these days — when multiplexes are overrun with franchises and superheroes. But that doesn't excuse how dull long stretches of James Mangold's racing pic are. Whenever the film hits the track, it's exciting as hell. But as soon as the cars are parked, all the life runs out of this thing like gas from a leaking tank.
It's the 1960s, andEnzo Ferrari Remo Girone dominates the24 Hours of Le Mans race with his slick, sleek cars. But what if an American made car won the race? That's the dream of Lee Iacocca Jon Bernthal, vice-president of Ford, who hopes to boost limp Ford car sales with a big, flashy publicity stunt: the construction of a Ford racer that can winLe Mans. CEO Henry Ford II a scene-stealing and dryly hilariousTracy Letts is skeptical to the idea, but not entirely dismissive. The same can't be said for Ford execLeo Beebe Josh Lucas, a sniveling, smarmy villain character who might as well be twirling a big mustache every time he says something.
To realize this dream, Ford turns to cowboy hatconnoisseur Caroll Shelby Matt Damon, one of the few Americans to have won Le Mans in the past. Shelby's racing days are over thanks to a weak heart, and now he spends his days designing race cars, most of which are driven by the ornery Ken Miles Christian Bale, a rude, crude, short-tempered bloke who is also one hell of a driver.
And so the stage is set for director Mangold and writersJez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, and Jason Keller to stage a saga in which Shelby, Miles and their team try, fail, try and fail again, striving to design the perfect car to beat those pesky Italians. Mangold excels at shooting the numerous driving sequences, bringing us right into the action as extremely fast cars rocket down stretches of roads at suicidal speeds. These action-packed moments are the best in the film, and it's easy to get wrapped up in all the excitement accompanied by a vibrant score fromMarco Beltrami.
Unfortunately, Ford v Ferrari can't stay inside cars for its entire runtime, which means Mangold has to slam on the brakes to focus on bland character moments that are clearly meant to be emotional, but never quite connect. We never really care about Miles's personal life with his wife Caitriona Balfe and son Noah Jupe. And Shelby's clashes with the micromanaging Beebe grow tedious.
That's not to say the cast isn't giving it their all. Damon's laid-back, easy-going Shelby is affable enough. But it's Bale's Miles that's the real draw. The actor cuts loose, playing Miles as a quirky loud-mouth prone to leaning heavily into slang and hard-core Britishisms. There are times where Bale is in danger of going over-the-top, but he usually reigns it back in. Usually.
All the elements are in place to have made Ford v Ferrari a winner. But the script is so paint-by-numbers, running through biopic cliches without a care in the world, that it's hard to stand up and cheer for what's up on the screen. If you're in the mood for a series of incredibly exciting racing scenes, Ford v Ferrari delivers. If you're looking for anything deeper than that, this isn't the ride for you.
Christian Bale has given his seal of approval to Robert Pattinson starring in The Batman. Bale, who wore the cape and cowl in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, even offered up some important advice to the young actor. The upcoming take on the Caped Crusader has been in the works for a long time now and originally had Ben Affleck set to write, direct, and star in the project. However, things slowly started to change as Affleck left each individual job before finally ditching the project altogether.
In a new interview promoting Ford v. Ferrari, Christian Bale was asked about Robert Pattinson taking on the lead role in The Batman. "Good choice! He's interesting," exclaimed Bale as his co-star Matt Damon nodded in approval. "Did you see the Safdie brothers movie he did?" Damon asked. "He was fantastic." The interviewer then states that the Good Time role was more than likely why Pattinson received the part. Both Bale and Damon agree that Pattinson is a good choice to wear the cape and cowl.
After playing the role of Batman for three movies, Christian Bale knows all of the tricks of the trade. He knows how long it takes to get into the suit and some of the pros and cons to wearing it all day long on the set, which does not sound like a whole lot of fun. When asked if he had any advice for Robert Pattinson before he takes on The Batman, Bale had some wise words. He explains.
"Oh, same as Ben Affleck, just be able to pee by yourself. You don't feel like a superhero when you aren't able to p*ss by yourself."
It appears that Christian Bale gave Ben Affleck the same advice when he took on the role of the Caped Crusader. There has been some backlash to Robert Pattinson getting The Batman role, but for the most part, it's been positive. The young actor is actually surprised that their hasn't been more of an uproar over his casting. His Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart recently backed his casting in the upcoming DC movie too. She had this to say.
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"Oh man, I feel like he's the only guy that could play that part. I am so happy for him. It's crazy."
While Robert Pattinson is surprised there hasn't been more of a backlash over his casting, he would be fine if there were more. "It's much more fun when you're an underdog. There's no expectation of you," says the actor when taking on such a large role. While anyone taking on a role as big as The Batman is going to be put under the microscope, Pattinson seems to have a good attitude about the weight of the situation and how every move he makes will be overanalyzed. The interview with Christian Bale was originally conducted by Variety.