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.
“(McKay had) to find somebody who can be absolutely charisma-free and reviled by everybody,” Bale joked. “And he went, ‘Ah, it’s got to be Bale in it.’ “
“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 speech won cheers from the Church of Satan, with the organization’s official Twitter account praising the actor; and jeers from Liz Cheney, who didn’t take kindly to the devilish reference to her father.
“To us, Satan is a symbol of pride, liberty and individualism, and it serves as an external metaphorical projection of our highest personal potential,” the Church of Satan tweeted Sunday night. “As Mr. Bale’s own talent and skill won him the award, this is fitting. Hail Christian! Hail Satan!”
Conversely, Liz Cheney shared an article about Bale’s 2008 arrest for alleged assault, captioning the tweet, “Satan probably inspired him to do this, too.”
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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.