Amy Adams: ‘I’d be intimidated to meet Lynne Cheney’

Amy Adams reckons she’d be left feeling intimidated if she were ever to meet the real-life Lynne Cheney.Amy takes on the role of the author and politician’s wife Lynne in new biographical drama Vice, alongside Christian Bale as her husband, and George …

Amy Adams reckons she’d be left feeling intimidated if she were ever to meet the real-life Lynne Cheney.

Amy takes on the role of the author and politician’s wife Lynne in new biographical drama Vice, alongside Christian Bale as her husband, and George W. Bush’s right-hand man, Dick Cheney.

The acting duo has claimed that they don’t know if Dick and Lynne have yet seen Adam McKay’s Oscar-nominated picture, and also noted that they didn’t get the chance to meet them ahead of filming.

“From all accounts, she’s (Lynne) formidable and outspoken and direct. I’m not easily intimidated but I think she would intimidate me!” Amy confessed in an interview for Britain’s Metro newspaper.

To fully tackle the role, a feat Amy has managed before in films such as Big Eyes and Julie & Julia, the flame-haired star had to dismiss her own political opinions.

“In playing Lynne, I can’t be in an argument with my own character,” she explained. “I have to really embody her. I had to take my own politics out of it. It’s such a tricky time in politics.”

Talking about Dick and Lynne’s relationship, Amy dubbed the pair the “ultimate power couple”.

And Christian, who piled on the pounds to play the former U.S. vice president, elaborated on their dynamic.

“Within 11 years, he went from someone with no connections to Washington to being the youngest chief of staff ever. That’s a meteoric rise,” he exclaimed. “And it was all at Lynne’s urging.”

Both Amy, 44, and Christian, also 44, landed Oscars nods for their performances, with the film receiving a further six nominations, including Best Film and Best Director.

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Amy Adams truly impressed by Christian Bale’s Vice transformation

Amy Adams was stunned by Christian Bale’s “impressive” transformation to play former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney onscreen, because it was unlike anything she had ever seen. Vice marks the actors’ third movie collaboration, and although Bale is kno…

Amy Adams was stunned by Christian Bale’s “impressive” transformation to play former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney onscreen, because it was unlike anything she had ever seen.

Vice marks the actors’ third movie collaboration, and although Bale is known for totally changing his physique to portray different characters, his 40 pound (18 kilogram) weight gain, coupled with the prosthetics he had to wear to bring Cheney to life in the biopic, really wowed Adams, who features as the politician’s wife, Lynne.

“Christian Bale, he’s so amazing in this,” she gushed on breakfast show Good Morning America. “He absolutely disappears (into the character), it’s unbelievable.

“I’ve worked with him before, so I wasn’t surprised, but I was so impressed with his commitment and dedication. He’s always so impressive.”

Witnessing the time and effort her The Fighter and American Hustle co-star Christian had to put into becoming Cheney onset each day made Amy realise how lucky she was not to have to spend quite so long in the hair and makeup trailer each morning.

“We had a great makeup team; we had a lot of people helping us out,” she said.

“I hate complaining about my own experience ’cause his was literally like, three to six hours every day, depending on what look he was going into,” Amy continued, adding, “He put on 40 real pounds!”

As for her own role, the actress initially thought the idea of portraying Lynne Cheney across five decades would be near impossible.

“At first I didn’t know a lot about Lynne, and when I received the script, I’m playing her from 20 to 70, and so doing the research and discovering who the character was outside of the public persona and perception of her, posed a real challenge,” she confessed.

However, it was a task Amy was ready to take on: “It was exciting,” she smiled.

And the five-time Oscar nominee was able to find inspiration from someone a little closer to home.

“My grandma grew up in Provo, Utah and she (Lynne) grew up in Casper, Wyoming, and there’s sort of a similar pioneering spirit and toughness, a real ruggedness about them,” she said.

Vice, which also features Sam Rockwell as former President George W. Bush and Steve Carell as ex-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, opens in theatres on Christmas Day (25Dec18).

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Christian Bale not keen on another body transformation

Christian Bale has all but ruled out another major body transformation for a film.Since launching his career in the late ’80s, the actor has become known for his award-winning movie roles and ability to totally transform his physique to play certain ch…

Christian Bale has all but ruled out another major body transformation for a film.

Since launching his career in the late ’80s, the actor has become known for his award-winning movie roles and ability to totally transform his physique to play certain characters.

He famously slimmed down to a skeletal size for The Machinist, before bulking up to play Batman, and then piling on the pounds for American Hustle. And Christian was once again required to gorge on food for his latest film, Vice, where he plays former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney.

“Everything hurts now, I’ve got to really start thinking about if I can manage this again and the answer is probably no,” the Oscar winner admitted to reporters at Vice’s Los Angeles premiere on Tuesday (11Dec18).

Vice sees Christian reteam with his The Big Short director Adam McKay, as well former co-stars Amy Adams, Steve Carell, and Eddie Marsan.

During his red carpet stint, the 44-year-old also recalled the time he met now U.S. President Donald Trump while shooting one of the Batman movies.

“I met him, one time. We were filming on Batman in Trump Tower and he said, ‘Come on up to the office,'” he said. “I think he thought I was Bruce Wayne, because I was dressed as Bruce Wayne. So he talked to me like I was Bruce Wayne and I just went along with it, really. It was quite entertaining. I had no idea at the time that he would think about running for president.”

Vice opens in cinemas from Christmas Day.

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Christian Bale wasn’t allowed to meet Dick Cheney

Christian Bale wasn’t allowed to meet former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney before portraying him in new movie Vice. The Fighter star insisted on a sit-down with Cheney before he started work on the movie, but lawyers made it clear that wasn’t going …

Christian Bale wasn’t allowed to meet former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney before portraying him in new movie Vice.

The Fighter star insisted on a sit-down with Cheney before he started work on the movie, but lawyers made it clear that wasn’t going to happen.

“I said, ‘Wait, every real person I’ve ever played I’ve always met’, and they said, ‘Yes, but you’ve acquired their life rights’,” Bale recalls to Variety. “I would like to be able to sit and look Cheney in the eye and say why I feel like it’s justified to tell his story, you know?”

He still hopes to meet President George W. Bush’s number two one day, but in the meantime he has his fingers crossed Cheney likes his portrayal.

“What I really wanted to make sure that I did is that I removed any of my own politics from it…,” Christian tells the publication. “I was completely always looking for the good, for the positive, for the understandable aspect of why he would’ve made the decisions that he made.”

The actor reteams with his American Hustle and The Fighter co-star Amy Adams in the film, and she also went all out to make sure her portrayal of Cheney’s wife Lynne was accurate and fair.

“I still feel the need to defend Lynne when people talk about her,” she tells Variety. “For me, it was my relationship with my grandmother. My grandmother who grew up in Provo, Utah, working-class. She reminded me so much of Lynne. I would just think of her and her offering me money to rub her bunions.”

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