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Christian Bale’s Dick Cheney Prosthetics Had to Pass the Actor’s ‘Emote’ Test for ‘Vice’

No one was more impressed with Christian Bale‘s transformation into Dick Cheney than Christian Bale himself … but not before the actor took the facial prosthetics on a trial run first.

Bale is playing the former VP in the upcoming movie “Vice” and fans were left stunned when the new trailer dropped showing Bale in full makeup and prosthetics.

The Blast spoke with the Brian Wade, the sculptor of the prosthetics, who worked with three-time Academy Award-winning special effects makeup designer Greg Cannom on the project.

Wade says that Bale was so pleased with the prosthetics, that he went out of his way to ask who the sculptor was … and then invited Wade to meet with him on the Oval Office set.

Asking who the sculptor was shows that Christian Bale is an artist that understands the effort of all involved, Wade explains. He said he was “very fortunate” to be able to meet the actor and see his work in action.

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Bale met with Wade in full Cheney makeup and was incredibly gracious and appreciative, according to Wade. He says that he made test prosthetics for Bale because the actor wanted to try the prosthetics and makeup on to see if he could emote in a way that wouldn’t take away from his acting. This allegedly helped convince Bale to sign on to do the role.

“The Machinist” actor also transformed his body for the role telling Yahoo he gained 40 pounds, shaved his head and bleached his eyebrows.

The movie covered several stages of Cheney’s life and different prosthetics had to be made for each age.

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The old Dick Cheney makeup consists of three prosthetic pieces. One nose and two cheek pieces that sweep under his eyes, meet at the nose and wrap around his chin and neck. The two cheek pieces include eye bags and a protruding piece that goes along his jawline.

The only visible pieces of Bale’s face after the prosthetics and makeup are applied are his forehead, his ears, and the under part of his nose.

Wade says the Cheney project presented different challenges because everyone looks at the face and it “has to fool the eye.”

Cannom designed the prosthetics, gave the specs and many reference photos of Dick Cheney to Wade. He had to sculpt the prosthetics on a much shorter deadline than usual, he only a few weeks to make them before the production started filming and worked overnight at times to get the project done.

Wade — who also sculpted pieces for the “Aquaman” and worked on the Demogorgon from “Stranger Things” — was happy to receive the accolades from Bale but he gives all credit to Cannom and says, “Greg carries the football.”