“America didn’t get to the delightful place we’re at today by accident,” director Adam McKay (“Anchorman,” “Step Brothers”) recently told Vanity Fair about his upcoming film, “Vice,” and how it relates to the Trump administration.
The director continued, “Someone had to crack the safe first. Someone who understood power and how to manipulate it. Someone no one would notice. An ultimate insider who knew every trick in the book.”
McKay is specifically referring to former Vice President Dick Cheney, who is the subject of his latest work.
The full trailer for “Vice” dropped online on Wednesday morning.
And it revealed a stunning physical transformation for lead actor Christian Bale, who is most well known for his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy.
Bale, 44, reportedly gained 40 pounds for his role as Cheney.
Christian Bale with another amazing transformation as Vice President Dick Cheney pic.twitter.com/Yd2UanMji7
— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) October 2, 2018
“Vice” will follow Cheney’s career in politics and specifically focus on his influence over foreign policy during his years in the Bush administration.
Before the Trump administration became the favorite punching bag of Hollywood leftists, there was the Bush administration.
Hollywood has pushed out film after film that heavily criticized both former President George W. Bush and the policy decisions of his administration.
What’s strange about this latest indictment of the Bush administration are McKay’s comments attempting to tie the former vice president and his rise to power to Trump. It shows an ignorance in leftist Hollywood when it comes to the current president.
Like him or not, Trump rose in popularity and stood out when he was running for president because he was so different from the Republican Establishment. He connected with the people and he put America first — not globalist interests and other issues.
He was also highly critical of the Bush administration and its foreign policy decisions, so it seems intellectually dishonest to tie him so closely to someone like Cheney.
Facts, however, are just pesky things that sometimes get in the way of a good political narrative — and McKay certainly has an intended narrative with this new film.
“Vice” also stars Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush, Steve Carrell as Donald Rumsfeld and Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney.
Director McKay is mostly known for his comedy work with actor Will Ferrell — “Anchorman,” “Talladega Nights,” “The Other Guys” — but he has recently turned to more directly political work with films like “Vice” and 2015’s “The Big Short.”
“Vice” hits theaters on December 21.
Check out the full trailer for the film below: