Dick Cheney's daughter, Fox News and a popular conservative radio host are among those getting worked up over the actor referring to the former vice president as the Devil.
Hollywood didn't take many shots at President Donald Trump at the Golden Globes on Sunday, but Christian Bale did roast other Republican figures during his acceptance speech, sparking outrage by Monday morning.
The "Vice" star won his second Globe for playing Dick Cheney in director Adam McKay's biopic about President George W. Bush's former VP, and gave a very unexpected shoutout in the process. "Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role," he joked.
It was a hot topic on Fox News morning show "Fox & Friends," and also prompted a clapback from Dick's daughter, Liz Cheney, who is a Republican congresswoman from Wyoming. "Satan probably inspired him to do this, too," she tweeted with a link to a 2008 Independent article headlined, "Christian Bale arrested for 'assault on mother and sister.'" A month after the incident, however, England's Crown Prosecution Service determined there was "insufficient evidence" to pursue any kind of prosecution.
Bale also took another shot at Cheney during his speech, referring to him as "charisma-free" and "reviled" before bashing Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
"Thank you to that geezer over there, [director] Adam [McKay]. He said, 'I got to find somebody who can be absolutely charisma-free and reviled by everybody,'" Bale explained. "So he went to ask Bale to be in it. You know, thank you and for all the competition, I will be corning the market on charisma-free assholes. What do you think? Mitch McConnell next?"
"Vice" dramatizes how Cheney, a bureaucratic Washington insider, rose to power in Bush's administration and shaped the rest of the world through his foreign policy. All three of the "Fox & Friends" hosts on the air Monday morning said they did not see the movie, but that didn't stop co-host Brian Kilmeade from declaring there is "nothing accurate about this movie."
"[Bale] did make him seem like Satan, by reports,” Kilmeade said. "Also made [Donald] Rumsfeld seem extremely evil, the President [George W.] Bush look like a doofus. Condoleezza Rice totally was ignored, as was Karl Rove, they didn’t say a word, evidently, in the entire movie. And Colin Powell was duped. So nothing accurate about this movie. But it was good enough for Christian Bale to play it, and get an award for it. I don’t know anyone who saw it."
They then turned to viewer comments to hurl shade at Bale for criticizing high-ranking Republican party officials. "But he had no problem receiving money portraying Cheney. Hypocrite," one Fox fan wrote on Facebook, prompting co-host Ainsley Earhardt to say, "I was thinking the same thing."
"Yeah, he's a hypocrite, of course," agreed Kilmeade.
Popular conservative radio personality Mark Levin also tweeted outrage. "This clown has done nothing for our country. He lives in the lap of luxury while playing Mr. Liberal. Meanwhile, he attacks with vile a man who has spent decades protecting the nation," Levin wrote. "Christian Bale is just another Hollywood punk."
Meanwhile, the Church of Satan is celebrating the shoutout, and declared his Batman the best in Hollywood history.
Also, Bale's Dark Knight era Batman is the best Batman ever. pic.twitter.com/RAG8GxaKSy— The Church Of Satan (@ChurchofSatan) January 7, 2019