Adam McKay Credits Christian Bale’s Method Acting With Saving Him From A Heart Attack

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.

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.

Others were here for Christian Bale.

And some couldn’t resist some harsh words for the former Vice President.

We’re glad that McKay is okay!

H/T: Twitter, The Observer