It’s a good thing for Christian Bale that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was voting, and not Republicans.
The Welsh-born thespian won the Golden Globe for best actor in a motion picture – musical or comedy for his portrayal of former Vice President Dick Cheney in “Vice” and accepting the award, he made clear where he stands on the real-life subject.
“Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role,” said Bale, 44.
Even in thanking his director, Bale couldn’t resist the chance to poke fun at Cheney — and another high-profile conservative politician.
“(‘Vice’ director Adam McKay) said, I’ve got to find somebody who can be absolutely charisma free and reviled by everybody and so it’s got to be Bale in it.
“I’ll be cornering the market on charisma free a—-,” Bale added, with the last word bleeped out by network censors. What do you think, Mitch McConnell next?”
The speech did little to dispel the criticism leveled on the biopic by conservative critics, who see the film as a two-hour, 12-minute liberal attack ad, while still largely praising Bale’s performance.
“’Vice’ is a cartoonishly biased film, and it took a movie that could have been compelling and turned it into a simplistic screed,” conservative pop culture critic Christian Toto said Sunday night.
“Bale’s speech is icing on the cake. These award shows are not even meant to entertain anymore, they seem to be meant to scold and lecture.”