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When is Vice released in the UK, who is Dick Cheney and what has Christian Bale said about playing George W. Bush's Vice President?

The former Batman actor has memorably slimmed down in The Machinist and packed on the pounds in American Hustle but what has he said about his latest role, playing George W. Bush's Vice President? Here's the lowdown…

When is Vice released in the UK?

Vice was released in the US on Christmas Day, and it arrived in the UK on February 1, 2019.

The biographical comedy plots Dick Cheney (Bale) in his political rise to becoming the most powerful Vice President in America's history.

It also stars Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush, Steve Carell as Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld, and Amy Adams as Dick's wife Lynne Cheney.

The film is directed by Adam McKay, who last helmed 2015's Oscar-winning The Big Short, that also starred Christian Bale and Steve Carell.

Who is Dick Cheney?

Richard 'Dick' Bruce Cheney is an American politician, best known for his time serving as the 46th Vice President of the United States from 2001 to 2009, under George W. Bush.

The 77-year-old has often been cited as America's most powerful Vice President in history, being instrumental in roles behind the US government's response to 9/11.

He played a leading behind-the-scenes role in Bush's administration's coordination of the Global War on Terrorism.

Dick was often criticised for numerous terrorism policies, including the decisions to wiretap citizens through the NSA as well as the approval of the CIA's 'enhanced interrogation techniques'.

He has been dubbed one of the least favoured politicians in American history, with an approval rating of just 13% when he left office.

What has Christian Bale said about playing George W. Bush's Vice President?

Christian revealed to The Guardian in January 2018 that he withholds his own views on Dick's politics when it comes to portraying the man himself.

“I don’t want to do this as a ‘nudge-nudge, wink-wink’ performance. I don’t want to be revealing my own political leanings and then making a little joke.

“It’s totally irrelevant what I think. I’m an actor, I’m a vessel of that character.”

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