It was announced last year that Christian Bale would be playing former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney in an upcoming film by director Adam McKay.
On Tuesday, McKay gave everyone a sneak peek of Bale via Twitter in anticipation of the first trailer for the film, titled Vice.
The 44-year-old actor—best known for his iconic portrayal of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight series—looks almost nothing like himself in the new role.
Here’s McKay’s tweet with the 12-second teaser:
Excited to announce the VICE trailer is coming tomorrow morning – a snapshot into Dick Cheney’s wild, quiet and shadowy power. pic.twitter.com/ZDqlvFQPIS
— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) October 2, 2018
And here’s the full trailer that came out this morning:
Commenters were shocked:
IS THAT WHO I THINK THAT IS!?! ♥️♥️♥️ pic.twitter.com/pUP4dY6PVN
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) October 2, 2018
It took until the credits of this trailer for me to see that Cheney is Christian Bale. pic.twitter.com/kPBZ5NqDCS
— Abbi Crutchfield (@curlycomedy) October 3, 2018
Holy Shit! THAT'S Christian Bale! I didn't even recognize him and I can tell when a different actor is playing Chewbacca!
— Karl Archer (@archerology) October 3, 2018
And they were very impressed by Bale’s look for the role:
Bale is out of this world
— Umer Saeed (@_UmerSaeed) October 2, 2018
Bad Ass! Woo Hoo!
— Stephen Adly Guirgis (@CookieRiverside) October 2, 2018
To make the transformation into Cheney, Bale said he gained 40 pounds, did some neck-thickening exercises, bleached his eyebrows, and shaved his head, according to an interview with Yahoo.
Now that’s dedication:
Noice. 10/10 execution on all of this.
— Jameson Brown (@JamesonGBrown) October 3, 2018
He is coming for his second Oscar
— Bone Ocean (@cansi6) October 2, 2018
He did ‘excercises’ to make his neck thicker. Take that Daniel Day-Lewis!
— DogWhistle (@Dogwhistle1984) October 3, 2018
— Gigi (@ViaGigi) October 3, 2018
Commenters were also impressed by Sam Rockwell’s portrayal of George W. Bush:
Wow. Just… wow. Both Bale and Rockwell are uncanny.
— Patrick White (@whitepatrick) October 3, 2018
Bale looks great in this but I can't get over how Rockwell shows the wheels of Bush's mind turning ever so slowly. Looking forward to this.
— *_* (@pithy_pythia) October 3, 2018
A shout-out to the director:
I respect you and your career so much. Thank you Mr. Mckay
— Travis Krolicki (@KroPrspctv) October 2, 2018
Look for Vice in theaters this Christmas.
Oh man, this is gonna be good.
— Brian Conaty (@BC1a07) October 2, 2018