Actor Christian Bale went where not many celebrities have before, thanking not God — but Satan — for inspiring him in his latest movie, “Vice,” in which he portrayed former Vice President Dick Cheney.
During Sunday night’s Golden Globes, the 44-year-old star won the award for Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy. When he accepted the prize, he quipped, “Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration for playing this role.”
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Bale went on to joke about the film’s director, Adam McKay, whom he said sought out an actor to play the erstwhile Republican vice president who could be “charisma-free and reviled by everybody.”
The well-known English celebrity pondered aloud who he might play next, taking a swipe at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
“What do you think,” he asked the star-studded audience, “Mitch McConnell next?”
As for his sarcastic credit to the devil, Bale received a nod of approval from the Church of Satan. The church also praised Bale as “the best Batman ever.”
Also, Bale's Dark Knight era Batman is the best Batman ever. pic.twitter.com/RAG8GxaKSy
— The Church Of Satan (@ChurchofSatan) January 7, 2019
While there’s no doubt Bale was joking when he thanked the devil for the assist in his latest project, he is admittedly non-religious.
Several years ago, Bale joked he always pictured Jesus as looking like singer Neil Diamond “with a big white beard, standing in a tunic and preaching to masses of people,” because when his family did go to church, his father would always come back home and play Diamond’s songs.
“My upbringing was not a religious one, but an inquisitive one,” Bale recalled. “My father was best friends with the bishop and fascinated by religion. I would come back from church, and my dad would put on Neil Diamond.”