'Vice' trailer makes Dick Cheney's assault on America look glamorous

Christian Bale left and Dick Cheney

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For his new project, Bale used the time-honored acting technique of "eating a lot of pies" to morph into former Vice President Dick Cheney, and the result speaks for itself.

Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick from McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions serve as the show's producers, along with Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner from Pitt's Plan B. Cheney responds that the VP is a "mostly symbolic job", and he yearns for more power.

"In the past for losing weight I went, 'Ah, I'll just smoke and drink whiskey and eat everything, ' and it worked!" he said. In American Psycho, Bateman was a petty sociopath who brandished business cards like rapiers; Bale's Cheney is a monster with global ambitions.

Adam McKay of "The Big Short" directs the film, which starts with Cheney's early career under the Nixon administration and follows him through the Ford and Bush administrations. He previously won an Oscar for his leading performance in The Fighter.

Amy Adams co-stars as Lynne Cheney, accompanying a star-studded cast that includes Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, Rockwell as President Bush, and Jesse Plemons.

Alison Pill (The Newsroom, Midnight in Paris) will play the adult Mary Cheney, whose coming out as a lesbian led to Dick Cheney evolving his viewpoint on gay rights.

The actor shaved his head and gained almost 40 pounds for the biopic, which chronicles Cheney's role in the George W. Bush White House. Cheney is seen offering himself up for the "mundane jobs" in the White House such as; overseeing the military, energy, and foreign policy.

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