Christian Bale won the best actor in a musical or comedy Golden Globe for playing former vice president Dick Cheney in the movie “Vice.”
In his Golden Globes acceptance speech Bale made sure to thank his co-stars, crew and family, before name-dropping a more unlikely inspiration for his portrayal of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
“Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role,” he said.
The 44-year-old actor also thanked “Vice” writer and director Adam McKay with a self-deprecating bit about his casting in the role.
“(McKay had) to find somebody who can be absolutely charisma-free and reviled by everybody,” Bale joked. “And he went, ‘Ah, it’s got to be Bale in it.’ ”
“Thank you, and for all the competition, I will be cornering the market on charisma-free (expletive),” he continued. “What do you think, Mitch McConnell next? That would be good.”
Bale’s “Vice” nod was his fourth career Golden Globes nomination and hi s second win. He previously took home the best-supporting actor in a motion picture award for 2011’s “The Fighter.”
He also said that the only reason he got the role was because he can be “absolutely charisma free.” Admittedly, his portrayal of Cheney in the unique biopic is as rigid and stiff as most of the footage you probably have seen of the real Cheney which is why it’s so great.
“Vice” was in the running for six awards at Sunday night’s Golden Globes ceremony, snagging nominations for best comedy or musical, director for McKay, supporting actress for Amy Adams as wife Lynne Cheney and supporting actor for Sam Rockwell as President George W. Bush, in addition to Bale’s winning category.