Christian Bale, Sam Rockwell, Tyler Perry and Amy Adams star in this biopic about Dick Cheney, the vice president of the George W Bush administration. Cheney was Bush’s Republican running mate in the 2000 US presidential elections. After they won, Cheney went on to wield immense power and initiate policies with far-reaching implications. The film was nominated for eight Oscars and won Best Achievement in Make-up and Hairstyling.
Look at these look-alikes in Vice
Despite having been nominated for eight Oscars (going on to win just one for Best Make-Up and Hairstyling) and six Golden Globes (with Christian Bale winning Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy), critics have been sharply divided, with some media outlets accusing it of “demonising America”. However you feel about it, it’s definitely a movie you can’t ignore.
Actors are in the business of mimicry. The best of them can transform their faces, body language and even their walk to suit a given character, which is both easier and in many ways harder when the character is a real person. Of course, it definitely helps if you do physically look like the real-life original. So just how striking is the resemblance between the actors and the actual people they’re playing in Vice?
Christian Bale as Dick Cheney
With an English mother and a South African father, Christian Bale’s acting has been influenced by his nomadic childhood. His family lived in England, Portugal, and the US, which is probably a big part of the reason he can deliver whichever accent a role requires. For the role of vice president Dick Cheney, Christian had to gain 18 kg! He approached the challenge strategically – with lots and lots of pie.
Sam Rockwell as George W Bush
Who doesn’t love to play a president? Sam Rockwell was clearly having fun being George W Bush, and that earned him an Oscar nomination.
Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld
You might be forgiven for thinking that a comedian would struggle to play a character as dramatic as this staunch politician, but Steve’s likeness to secretary of defence Donald Rumsfeld is irrefutable.
Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney
You often hear of actors staying in character even while not filming. That’s exactly what Amy Adams did; Lynne Cheney has a distinct voice and Amy would have political debates with her co-stars while mimicking the voice.
Tyler Perry as Colin Powell
He traded in his Madea wig, the mumu, and his voice to play army general Colin Powell, the first black person ever to be US Secretary of State.