Actor Christian Bale, known best for his roles in Batman and American Psycho, just won the Golden Globe for best actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy. He won the award for his portrayal of former Vice President Dick Cheney in Vice.
While accepting the award, Bale took a few shots at the former vice president, including thanking “Satan” for giving him inspiration on how to play the role.
Speaking of Vice director Adam McKay, “he said, I’ve got to find somebody who can be absolutely charisma free and reviled by everybody and so it’s got to be Bale in it. I’ll be cornering the market on charisma free asshole,” Bale said in his speech.
“Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role,” he added.
Dick Cheney’s daughter, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, took offense by the speech and tweeted about a domestic dispute between Bale, his mother and sister that saw him arrested a few years ago.
Satan probably inspired him to do this, too. Christian Bale arrested for 'assault on mother and sister'| The Independent. https://t.co/kesnNno9Zv
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) January 7, 2019
However awful, a domestic dispute is nothing compared to the millions of deaths that Cheney is responsible for. Many considered Cheney to be the brains behind the Bush war machine. Cheney has been explicitly proud of his support and advancement of both torture and surveillance programs.
Cheney was also accused of war profiteering in the war on terror, by securing large contracts to rebuild devastated countries for Halliburton. Cheney was Chairman and CEO of Halliburton from 1995 to 2000 and used his position as vice president to funnel taxpayer money into the company’s accounts.
Vice was critical of Cheney and the Bush administration leading to polarizing reviews from the right and left. Critics agreed, however, that Bale’s portrayal of the former vice president was extremely convincing.
Watch Bale’s acceptance speech in its entirety below: