It used to be the case that, upon receiving an award for their performance, actors would usually thank friends, family, and the big man in the sky.
Some people still do this, just look at Matthew McConaughey and… others.
Christian Bale being Christian Bale, the Dark Knight (because he loves to shout at lighting guys), however, decided to flip this tradition, and thank another dark dude for the inspiration behind his role of Dick Cheney in Vice.
Bale won the award for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical last night at the Golden Globes. The 44-year-old beat the likes of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Viggo Mortensen, Robert Redford and John C. Reilly to nab the prize.
Bale, notorious for his commitment to roles, often undergoing extreme physical transformations, gained 60lbs to play Cheney. Yet it seems food wasn’t the primary inspiration behind his portrayal of the politician.
Instead, he thanked Satan.
Taking to the stage to receive his award, Bale said:
Look at all of us, what a bunch of lucky b*ggers we are, right, to make a life out of doing something that we love. That’s extraordinary. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of that for so many years.
The actor thanked his wife, who apparently taught him ‘less is more’, especially when it comes to awards ceremony speeches. And he thanked his children, who he calls Banana and Burrito. I don’t care if he’s joking or not, but those are great names.
Thank you to Adam [McKay, director]… He said, ‘I have to find somebody who can be absolutely charisma-free and reviled by everybody, so it’s got to be Bale.’
Thank you to Satan, for giving me inspiration on how to play this role.
The actor also teased that perhaps the next political role he’ll play is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
You can watch the full speech here:
I don’t know about you, but I find it very strange to hear Bale’s British accent. The guy goes so method it’s often hard to remember what ‘normal’ is for him…
Anyway, naturally, the Church of Satan heard about the namedrop by Bale, saying it was the actor’s ‘own talent and skill’ that won him the award.
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!
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! https://t.co/ILuK8TFZXi
— The Church Of Satan (@ChurchofSatan) January 7, 2019
The church followed this up with a tweet saying Bale’s Dark Knight era Batman is ‘the best Batman ever’.
And while I don’t disagree with this statement, I would strongly urge the Church of Satan to watch The Lego Batman Movie, because Will Arnett absolutely smashes it out the park, in my opinion.
Vice is in UK cinemas from January 25, 2019.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.