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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Vice writer/director was shocked by Lynne Cheney tragedies

Vice writer and director Adam McKay was left stunned as he researched Lynne Cheney, the wife of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, for the film, because she had been touched by so much death growing up. The filmmaker wanted to portray Dick and hi…

Vice writer and director Adam McKay was left stunned as he researched Lynne Cheney, the wife of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, for the film, because she had been touched by so much death growing up.

The filmmaker wanted to portray Dick and his wife in an honest way and couldn’t believe how much tragedy Lynn had witnessed in her life.

The film covers the drowning death of her mother, but McKay reveals there was one awful family tragedy that he didn’t even mention in the script.

In a recent SAG Conversations interview, Adam explained, “She had an aunt who was losing her house; a banker had ripped her off. She walked around this 10-acre orchard to say goodbye to it. She took out a red blanket and unfurled it to sit on. They had a bull they had raised as a calf that gored her aunt.

“There was no hospital within 200 miles and she had to be taken on a train there.”

McKay knew he’d found the perfect person to play Lynn Cheney in Amy Adams, adding, “Amy really brought that kind of this tough Americana middle-of-the-country edge to the role.”

Adams, for her part, read Lynn’s autobiography and realised she was basically playing her own grandmother: “She became very personal to me. I think having a personal relationship with a character, who on the surface is hard and maybe hard to get to know, helped.

“It was that pioneering spirit that was recognisable to me. My grandmother is from Utah, she was a farm girl and would go to rodeos. The environments they were raised in sounded very similar. On the inside, I understood her motivations and her love of country and family.”

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