The Surprising Means It Took to Transform Christian Bale Into Dick Cheney
Christian Bale has been in head-to-toe latex before (and Batman won't let you forget it) but its role in his latest transformation into the former VP was completely different: it was used liberally to mold an aging Cheney. "He gained some weight for the film, and also wore a fat suit a lot, but we still had to use appliances on him to make his face look wider," Cannom said. "It's a lot of big things and little things. We had neck, cheek, chin, nose, and teeth pieces, and then when he was older, [Bale] wanted those nose plugs — those little latex bulbous valve that you stick up your nose — to widen or push up the sides of his nose, so [the team] custom-made those."
Obviously, none of this process was quick: "It would take about three and a half to four hours. As you get down [in age], you use less and smaller pieces, which would take two to three hours," he said.