Image Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images, Screenshot, NBC & Tom Benitez/Pool/Getty Images

PopZette

Batman Actor Goes After Mitch McConnell and Dick Cheney at Golden Globes

'Vice' star Christian Bale slammed Republicans from the stage

The 76th Golden Globe Awards kept away from politics for the first hour or so — but then it was off to the races.

After actress Regina King pushed identity politics and promised that every project she worked on for the next two years would include “50 percent women,” actor Christian Bale took the stage and decided to go after Dick Cheney, the former vice president, and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) with some cheap and throwaway lines.

Bale was onstage to accept the award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy for “Vice.”

Bale actually plays Cheney in the film — he even gained nearly 50 pounds for the role.

The film has a clear left-wing bias and it has split audiences more than critics. User voters have only given it 54 percent positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, versus 63 percent positive reviews from professional film critics.

Bale began his talk on the stage by saying his wife warned him to say less than usual and to not offend or turn off segments of the audience.

Bale proceeded to do just that when he exclusively attacked Republicans.

The actor said Cheney is “charisma free” — interesting since a large group of people made an entire movie about him — and he thanked Satan himself for giving inspiration to the role.

“Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role,” Bale said.

He also called Cheney “reviled” and “hated.”

Bale joked that he may be the go-to actor for “charisma-free” politicians. He said Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could be next.

“What do you think, Mitch McConnell next? That could be good,” said Bale.

He then joked he would say less for fear he would alienate some people — and he proceeded to alienate half the audience.

It’s unfortunately too typical of an attitude in modern Hollywood.

Aside from his role in “Vice,” Bale is most famous for playing comic book character Bruce Wayne/Batman in “The Dark Knight Trilogy,” which includes the hit films “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight,” and “The Dark Knight Rises.”

One highlight from the Golden Globes included comedy legend Carol Burnett’s receiving the first-ever Carol Burnett Award.

Burnett, in a moving speech, explained her inspiration to get into television, how proud she is of “The Carol Burnett Show,” and her opinions on the entertainment industry as it is today.

Comparing her speech to Bale’s speech shows just how far Hollywood has fallen.

Aside from his role in “Vice,” Bale is most famous for playing comic book character Bruce Wayne/Batman in “The Dark Knight Trilogy,” which includes the hit films “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight,” and “The Dark Knight Rises.”

He has also starred in such hits as “The Big Short,” “American Hustle” and “Public Enemies.”

“Vice” is written and directed by Adam McKay (“The Big Short,” “Step Brothers,” “Anchorman”) and also stars Sam Rockwell, Amy Adams, and Steve Carrell.

Check out a trailer for “Vice” below:

meet the author

PopZette editor Zachary Leeman can be reached at [email protected].