Adam McKay is the director of one of this season’s most anticipated films, Vice. The movie is about one of the most well-known and controversial figures in American politics, former Vice President, Secretary of Defense, and Chief of Staff Dick Cheney.
McKay cast Christian Bale in the role of the title character. As is usual for Christian Bale, this meant an extensive physical transformation along with some pretty deep character work. This also involved detailed research about the symptoms of a heart attack, since Cheney has suffered five of them in his life. And Bale’s research may have inadvertently saved McKay’s life. McKay had put on weight during filming thanks to stress and, when he decided to get back in shape, it felt as if something was wrong.
— IndieWire (@IndieWire) November 29, 2018
McKay explained to Deadline:
“I always thought when you get a heart attack, it’s pain in the chest or the arm. But then I remembered. When we shot one of the heart attack scenes, Christian Bale asked me, ‘How do you want me to do it?’ and I go, ‘What do you mean? It’s a heart attack. Your arm hurts, right?’ He says, ‘No, no. One of the more common ways is that you get really queasy and your stomach hurts.’ I said, ‘Really?’ I’d never heard that before.”
Thanks to McKay recognizing the symptoms because of Bale’s character work, his heart remained strong and largely undamaged despite needing surgery.
People were glad McKay was okay.
Holy crap. This is a pretty scary but amazing story. Christian Bale's research on heart attack symptoms helped Adam McKay recognize he was having one. Thankfully McKay seems like he's doing fine now. https://t.co/R4D7hOnj5G
— Farrier Collins (@FarrierCollins) November 30, 2018
Healing wishes to ghostpanther McKay – who is simply the best.
— Michael Delaney (@Delaniac444) December 2, 2018
Congratulations Director McKay for overcoming that cardiac event and you are still thriving!
— JULIE KIEHNE-LAMKIN (@KiehneJulie) December 2, 2018
@GhostPanther is a national treasure! Thank God for anything that saved him! ✌️❤️🙏
— kittymama1218 (@kittymama1218) December 2, 2018
Others were here for Christian Bale.
Batman does it again
— KARA Zor-L (@cebyrdjr) December 2, 2018
Christian Bale out here saving lives pic.twitter.com/0NJXkHCJwJ
— ⚔The New Protagonist💥 (@BlackSunGeneral) December 2, 2018
Master Wayne; you have inspired good
And some couldn’t resist some harsh words for the former Vice President.
It was well known Dick Chaney had a pacemaker and it’s all his heart was surviving on other than pure evil. I was 13 when he took office. Get with the program Screen Rant
— Allyx Meth 🏳️🌈 (@AllyxMeth) December 2, 2018
Just remember that if you add the word "Clarice" to the end of any one of Dick Cheney's statements, it will all make sense.
— Allegra Wilde (@allegrawilde) December 2, 2018
Unfortunately, Bale then took McKay into the woods and accidentally shot him in the face.
— Matthew SNOWFLAKE❄️AF (@mshalk) December 2, 2018
We’re glad that McKay is okay!