Christian Bale thanked an unexpected entity ‘Satan’ when he accepted the Golden Globe for his role as Dick Cheney in the film Vice.
‘Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration for playing this role,’ he said of his Dick Cheney character in an apparent snub to the former vice president.
The political satire shows an unrecognizable Bale as Cheney, depicting the former second-in-command as the ruthless mastermind behind George W Bush’s presidency, which has gotten the film large criticism by conservatives.
In his Golden Globes acceptance speech for best actor in a comedy or musical for “Vice,” Christian Bale made sure to thank his co-stars, crew and family, before name-dropping a more unlikely inspiration for his portrayal of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
“Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role,” he said.
The 44-year-old actor also thanked “Vice” writer and director Adam McKay with a self-deprecating bit about his casting in the role.
And it wasn’t just what Bale said in his speech that sent social media ablaze – but how he said it, with viewers gushing over his strong British accent.
Bale’s Satanic comment got plenty of laughs from Hollywood’s elite Sunday night, as he continued to joke politics saying, ‘What do you think, [playing] Mitch McConnell next?’
The line gained the appreciation of the Church of Satan, who wrote on Twitter: ‘To us, Satan is a symbol of pride, liberty and individualism, and it serves as an external metaphorical projection of our highest personal potential. As Mr Bale’s own talent and skill won him the award, this is fitting. Hail Christian! Hail Satan!’
Bale brought the comedy during his speech, posing himself as a loose lipped geezer who couldn’t be trusted on stage with a microphone.
He thanked his two children and wife, revealing that ahead of the show she told him ‘less is more’ during his speech.
‘She knows the dumb crap that can come out of my mouth at times. I can sink and ruin a perfectly good movie and so-so career in one speech. So thank you for that advice, my love,’ he said.
‘(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.”’ he said.
Bale not only shocked the public with his unconventional speech, but sent Twitter in a frenzy as it appears many forgot he’s not actually American.
Though he has made a career off iconic roles using an American accent, such as Batman, Bale is in fact Welsh-born.
Author Anna T Donahue was clearly shocked, tweeting: ‘RT IF YOU FORGOT CHRISTIAN BALE HAD A BRITISH ACCENT’.
Comedian Abbi Crutchfield wrote: ‘Christian Bale forgot to fank his dialect coach’.
Some felt his accent was a bit over-the-top and didn’t think it fully genuine.
‘I know Christian Bale is *actually* British but it still feels like he’s pretending to be British as a bit,’ writer and comedian Mike Drucker wrote.
“Thank you, and for all the competition, I will be cornering the market on charisma-free (expletive),” he continued. “What do you think, Mitch McConnell next? That would be good.”
Bale’s “Vice” nod was his fourth career Golden Globes nomination and his second win. He previously took home the best-supporting actor in a motion picture award for 2011’s “The Fighter.”
“Vice” was in the running for six awards at Sunday night’s Golden Globes ceremony, snagging nominations for best comedy or musical, director for McKay, supporting actress for Amy Adams as wife Lynne Cheney and supporting actor for Sam Rockwell as President George W. Bush, in addition to Bale’s winning category.
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