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At the upcoming 91st Academy Awards, actor Christian Bale will be going for his second Oscar, this time for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of former Vice President Dick Cheney in the film Vice. Christian Bale completely disappeared into the role, assuming Dick Cheney’s look, his speech and his mannerisms. Director Adam McKay has now let everyone know that the eerie similarities between Christian Bale and Dick Cheney extend off the screen as well. Take a look.

Christian Bale and Dick Cheney were indeed both born on January 30, the former in 1974 and the latter in 1941. So Christian Bale turned 45 today and the former Vice President turned 78. Alongside this fun fact, Adam McKay hilariously wished them both Happy Birthday in his tweet, which is funny considering that if you’ve seen Vice, you know that the director isn’t Dick Cheney’s biggest fan.

Nor is Christian Bale based on his hilarious Golden Globes speech where he thanked Satan for inspiration for the role. Something tells me that Christian Bale and Dick Cheney are not having a joint birthday party today, even though they share a birthday. It’s honestly quite impressive that Christian Bale and Dick Cheney were born on the same day though, and I don’t know if a Best Actor statue is enough to award such a feat.

Christian Bale is so talented that he was method acting in the womb, carefully choosing when to be born so that it would coincide with the birthday of Dick Cheney, the future Vice President he would one day play in a feature film, who was only Deputy Assistant to President Nixon in 1974. Eat your heart out, Daniel Day-Lewis.

This is such a strange coincidence, but it just adds another layer of fun mystique to Christian Bale’s memorable performance in Vice. The actor is famous for his physical transformations for his movie roles, but Vice may be his most impressive yet, as he became not a fictional character, but a real life person whose looks, speech patterns and mannerisms are a matter of public record. Although Bale admits that he should probably stop changing his weight so much.

Long-term damage to his health aside, Christian Bale might have some new gold for his mantle for his efforts. His transformative performance as Dick Cheney has already netted him a Golden Globe for Best Actor, and he may yet get an Oscar at next month’s ceremony.

Vice earned 8 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Makeup and Hairstyling for the fantastic work making Christian Bale look like his birthday buddy.

Vice is still playing. Check out our 2019 release schedule for all the biggest movies still to come this year, and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all your Oscars coverage and movie news.

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