Christian Bale Thanks ‘Satan’ for the Inspiration Behind His Portrayal of Dick Cheney

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Actor Christian Bale turned heads with his acceptance speech at Sunday night’s Golden Globes ceremony, offering his appreciation to “Satan” for inspiring his performance as former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The actor took home the award for best actor in a musical or comedy for his role in “Vice.” Bale referred to his character as “charisma-free” and “reviled by everybody” while thanking director Adam McKay.

The actor had the room in stitches with his casual acceptance speech, remarking that he could now start “cornering the market on the charisma-free assholes.”

“What do you think, Mitch McConnell next?” Bale joked. “That could be good.”

“Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role,” he added.

Watch the video below, via NBC:

Bale also used his speech to praise others who worked on the film, offering a special thanks to those who worked on the makeup and prosthetics that helped transform the actor into the former vice president.

“Vice” has received mixed reviews from critics for its interpretation of Cheney’s rise to power and role in the Bush administration, though Bale’s performance has been singled out as a high mark for the film.

The actor has made a name for himself through his commitment to transforming into his roles with extreme weight gain and loss, and “Vice” was no exception. Bale was nearly unrecognizable throughout the film.

“It was more fun gaining the weight than losing it,” Bale told reporters at the film’s premiere in December. Previously, he had downplayed his preparation for the film by joking that he had simply “eaten a lot of pies” to pack on the pounds.

Of course, at least one person wasn’t laughing at Bale’s jokes. House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) — the former vice president’s daughter — shared a link to a story on Bale’s 2008 arrest for allegedly assaulting his mother and sister.

“Satan probably inspired him to do this, too,” she wrote.

The charges against Bale were dismissed soon after his arrest, with prosecutors citing “insufficient evidence.”

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