‘Vice’ trailer: are you ready to see Christian Bale humanize Dick Cheney?

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Before Donald Trump was literally the worst human being on the planet, we liberals were obsessed with rightfully demonizing Dick Cheney (who might literally be a demon). Dick Cheney is an awful person. He’s also a competent person, which is why he was so scary. When you look at Trump and the awful, unqualified gangsters who surround him, there’s both relief and terror and knowing that they are largely incompetent at everything they do. Cheney knew how to run a company and he knew how to run a government. He just did so with such ruthlessness and paranoia that his evil took an entirely different plane of existence. Anyway, Cheney’s life story is now being used for half-serious, half-black-comedy film called Vice. Christian Bale is Cheney throughout the years. Here’s the first trailer:

Bale loves to transform, and I’m relieved that he actually put on weight for this role, plus he’s being aided by prosthetics and wigs and makeup. He really does look like him. Shout out to Sam Rockwell for doing an amazing Dubya impression too – he looks dead-on. Not dead on? Steve Carell as Rumsfeld, and (I’m sorry to say) Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney. Oh crap… I was looking at this IMDB page and guess who plays Colin Powell? TYLER PERRY. GTFO.

Anyway, what are your feelings? Mine are complicated. On one side, the cast is good and it could be a good movie. On the other side, don’t glamorize these awful war criminals.

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29 Responses to “‘Vice’ trailer: are you ready to see Christian Bale humanize Dick Cheney?”

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  1. Louise says:

    Wowza. It looks good! Christian is amazing. He IS Cheney!

  2. Tiffany says:

    Yeah, I don’ t see this as humanizing from the trailer. I see it as the wheels turning on his path to becoming a war criminal.

    • lucy2 says:

      Agreed. I didn’t get an humanizing from that trailer.
      I think it looks great, and I wasn’t interested in it before.

    • DesertReal says:

      Ditto. Making a movie about a ruthless POS, doesn’t mean you suddenly empathize with them. I can’t tell you how many things I’ve seen over the years, when afterwards all I could think was… wow he really is/was every bit a ruthless POS just like I thought.

  3. Jenns says:

    Hard Pass. Although Bale looks good.

    If you want the perfect example of Republicans ghouls doing horrible things with zero consequences, look no further than Dick Cheney. And that’s not the kind of movie I need to watch right now.

    • Esmom says:

      Agreed. The trailer is very well done and even though it doesn’t glamorize Cheney we now live in a world where people will think it does. I was feeling absolutely sick while watching it, remembering my fears from that era.

      On a superficial note, I don’t even see a glimmer of Rumsfeld in Carrell’s portrayal. But Bale’s transformation is astonishing.

  4. isabelle says:

    Holy smokes San Rockwell, is as we say spitting image of Bush. Definitely watching this one. The trailer makes Cheney look predatory IMO, like a Lion ready to pounce. If they do follow the behind the scenes gossip, they will show tension between Cheney and Bush toward the end. Bush reportedly disliked Rumsfeld & fell out somewhat with Cheney. Its possible GWB will come out looking more innocent than the other two.

  5. Lofi says:

    Cheney is quite literally Satan, but I watched this amazing documentary on him and I have to admit he is fascinating. With that cast and story Vice is probably going to be pretty awesome.

  6. Lala11_7 says:

    Cheney has done more to DESTROY this planet…on EVERY LEVEL…than anyone currently alive….and the repercussions of his inhumane greed and cruelty will vibrate past our lifetimes…

    I already know what the magnificent actors that were chosen to play these parts can do…

    I also already know and am currently living with the irreparable harm of the BLOWBACK of what Cheney did (Trump being one of those things)

    I have no desire…to EVER see this film

  7. Green Is Good says:

    Hell no. Cheney is a war monger who profited off the war along with his rich friends. True evil.

  8. Caitlin Bruce says:

    He looks like Chevy Chase. This looks really good. Sam Rockwell is also killing it.

  9. Jerusha says:

    There’s no humanizing that monster. As I’ve said before, I thought I knew what hatred was when Cheney was in power, but then came drumpf. I was so naive then.

  10. MCV says:

    I mean, last year Bush was on Ellen and she told her “i’ve always loved your family” so yeah, Bush and Cheney and all the other war criminal are being forgiven, at the end they only killed millions of people that weren’t white americans.

    My dream is to see one day Bush, Blair and Aznar at The Hague being condemned for crimes against humanity.

    • Cuppatea says:

      +1 Thank you. Now with Trump it seems like a lot of people were romanticising the Bush era. Thanks for this comment!

  11. JRenee says:

    I don’t think I will see it.
    Cheney is forever tainted in my mind.
    Dunya is stumping behind the scenes for Kavanaugh.
    Tyler Perry as Colin- no, no no!

  12. Lightpurple says:

    Cheney has no heart. He also shot a man in the face. You can’t humanize that

  13. phlyfiremama says:

    “Humanize” Dick Cheney?? GOOD LUCK with that!! LOL

  14. Nibbi says:

    good god, that is christian bale ???!!
    wow. UNCANNY. wow wow. i always think of him as such a pretty man but i forget that he’s pretty off the hook in terms of inhabiting his characters.
    if anything, i’m curious to see this just in terms of how well the actors do to portray these figures we know so well.
    i agree though that the timing feels off… we’re faced with so much american political horror these days.
    on the other hand, it may be worth taking a look back to what went wrong…
    on the other, i’d hate for it to, perversely, stoke nostalgia for a time in which at least ONE person in the administration was competent at something…. even if that meant wreaking death and destruction and generalized evil

  15. Ann says:

    I think this looks really good. My mom likes to go to the movies but I almost never want to see anything enough to deal with sitting through it in the theater (TV has ruined my attention span…). I officially know what our Christmas day movie will be.

  16. Christian Bale is one of the best actors of his generation.

  17. Scarlet Vixen says:

    Bale can attempt to humanize Cheney, but it won’t work. I have actually met Dick Cheney. I was a military musician for 15yrs and played for & met quite a few politicians from the local level up to several presidents. Most politicians have this veneer of charm & affability while still looking calculating underneath. But Cheney scared the shit out of me because he was completely dead behind the eyes. He doesn’t even pretend to want to be ‘likable’.

    Two politicians I did actually like were President Ford -and his wife-and Senator Debbie Stabenow from Michigan. All 3 seemed tremendously warm & genuine.

  18. AnneC says:

    Maybe he can do trump next. The movies about this shitshow are going to be epic.

  19. Alix says:

    Academy Award for Best Hair & Makeup — in the BAG!

  20. minx says:

    Fcuk no.

  21. Cuppatea says:

    Gross. There’s extensive evidence that Dick Cheney is a psychopath. End of. But, yes, Bale is such a fantastic actor, which makes this all the more repugnant.

  22. ravynrobyn says:

    I’m seeing it only for Steve. Talk about weird timing, WHY is it opening on Christmas Day? Not expected to be a blockbuster…