When it comes to extreme body transformations, Christian Bale is arguably the champ. So it's hardly surprising that Bale's transformation into the portly former Vice President Dick Cheney for a new Adam McKay-directed biopic has left him nearly unrecognizable in photos. Just look at these pictures of Bale adding weight in order to accurately portray Cheney that have already hit social media:
We've already seen Bale come close to Cheney's body shape when he transformed himself into the chubby, balding con artist in David O. Russell's American Hustle. And he's shown that he's the master of extreme weight gain and loss, like when he went from 121 pounds to play Trevor Reznik in The Machinist and shot back up to 180 pounds to play Batman in Batman Begins. His massive weight gain for the lead role in this Cheney biopic shouldn't be (and doesn't look to be) much of a challenge.
What We Know About The Dick Cheney Biopic
Bale is once again teaming up with McKay; the last time these two worked together was in the 2015 Oscar-winning movie The Big Short. According to Deadline, McKay is bringing some of Bale's previous co-stars together again. Amy Adams, who also starred as Bale's love interest in American Hustle, will be reunited with him as she is set to play Cheney’s wife, Lynne. Steve Carell, Bale's Big Short co-star, will play Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
The biopic is also said to follow the career of Dick Cheney from his days of being C.E.O. at Halliburton to becoming Vice President during George W. Bush's two terms as President. In an interview with Deadline, McKay explained his fascination with Cheney and why he wanted to write this story:
I’ve always found Cheney fascinating. Questions of what drove him, what his beliefs were. But once we started digging, I was astounded at how much he had shaped modern America’s place in the world and how shocking the methods were by which he gained his power.
McKay has a knack for storytelling when it comes to explaining unfamiliar topics to an audience. Remember how he inventively used celebrities to illustrate the housing market collapse to audiences in The Big Short?
It will interesting to see if McKay will do something similar or introduce a new method when it comes to portraying Cheney's story on screen. It should be noted that this Cheney biopic still does not have a title, but is reportedly set to be released in 2018.
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