‘Vice’ Looks Strong in the Oscar Race — But It Almost Lost Its Standout Shakespearean Scene

‘Vice’ Looks Strong in the Oscar Race — But It Almost Lost Its Standout Shakespearean Scene
When you’ve got two of the world’s best actors in your movie, you need to know how to push your advantage — and Adam McKay certainly does. For his follow-up to Oscar-winner “The Big Short,” the writer-director struggled to wrangle his profile of Republican operative Dick Cheney and his Machiavellian wife Lynne into fighting shape. After testing the movie with preview audiences, he threw out an early teen romance to focus on the Shakespearean couple at the drama’s center played by Christian Bale, who gained 45 pounds and submitted to layers of delicate prosthetics, and Amy Adams, whose changes included some weight gain but were more subtle overall.

While “Vice” competed as a comedy for six Golden Globes last Sunday — Bale marked the film’s solo win, thanking “Satan, for giving me inspiration for how to play this role” — the people behind it were dead serious about getting the story right.
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