“Vice” screened for press and industry in New York City on Sunday morning, November 25, and director Adam McKay was on hand with Amy Adams to discuss their dark satirical take on Vice President Dick Cheney (played by Christian Bale). Adams plays Lynne Cheney, Dick’s wife, who the actress learned was “surprisingly ambitious” in her own right. In some ways she was a more natural politician than her husband. So Dick was the iron fist while Lynne was the velvet glove? “I think she was a little more iron. He might have been the velvet glove, actually.” Watch Adams and McKay above.
“There’s nothing about Lynne that’s a velvet glove,” explained McKay, who also wrote the film, which is his followup to his Oscar-winning “The Big Short” (2015). “For a woman from Wyoming in the 1950s — and she would hate this — but she’s kind of a feminist. She was a straight-A student who got a PhD, who was tough as nails.” And she lived her ambitions through her husband because those ambitions weren’t available to women at the time.
“She is a very complex woman,” Adams added, “very intelligent and outspoken, and not afraid to voice her opinion, and whether I agreed with her opinion all the time or not, I really valued that.” The actress would like to meet Lynne Cheney someday: “Whether she was happy with me or not I think I would owe her the respect of being quiet while she spoke.”
McKay also discussed Bale’s drastic transformation into the notorious veep for the film (watch below): “One of the big ones for Christian was the tightening of the jaw … This was a guy who if he hadn’t met Lynne would have been a lineman in Wyoming who would have had crazy drinking nights, would have had a bunch of kids, would have gotten in fistfights, and he couldn’t do that so it was all in his jaw. That’s where he held it … All those mannerisms had layers to them.”
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