With recently announced nominees for the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards, it looks like Welsh actor Christian Bale could achieve a third SAG win for his biographical performance in upcoming political-comedy Vice.
The film will tell the story of American politician Dick Cheney (Bale), former vice-president to George W. Bush, and will explore an influence which echoed through an entire nation. The actor – most famous for his role as Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy – will be starring alongside Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Amy Adams (Arrival), Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) and Eddie Marsan (The World’s End). The project was written and directed by Adam McKay, whose most recent feature cinematically depicted the United States housing bubble, which prompted the financial crisis of 2007. The film was a critical success and went on to be nominated for numerous Academy Awards. It’s likely the director will also receive a nod or two next year.
Bale has already won two SAG awards, one as part of the ensemble cast of David O. Russell’s American Hustle in 2013, and the other for his role supporting role in yet another O. Russell film, 2010’s The Fighter. He has proven himself to be one of the most appealing and accomplished screen actors of the twenty-first century, working with such maverick directors as Terrence Malick. From footage and trailers, it looks like his performance in Vice is set to stun audiences when it’s released. The self-proclaimed method actor gained forty-five extra pounds for the role, shaved his head and altered his diet accordingly to channel the character of Cheney. His role in The Machinist had already proven that the actor would embrace any technique to allow him to become a character, and he also gained considerable weight for American Hustle.
Vice looks like it will be another terrific and thought-provoking film from McKay, and it’s likely that yet another chameleonic performance from the great Christian Bale will attract further awards consideration. The film’s SAG success appears threatened by the popularity of Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born, but nevertheless, it looks like the upcoming ceremony will be one for the books.