Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., fired back Wednesday at actor Christian Bale, who said Sunday in an acceptance speech at the Golden Globes that Satan was an inspiration for his portrayal of her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, in the movie “Vice.”
“Look, I would just say that Christian Bale finally had the chance to play a real superhero and he clearly screwed it up,” Cheney said during an appearance on Fox News.
Bale, who won a best actor trophy Sunday, also starred a decade ago in the superhero film “Dark Knight.”
The congresswoman said that she hadn’t seen “Vice,” about her father’s rise to power under President George W. Bush, but was very fond of the figure who inspired it.
“I’m obviously incredibly proud of my dad, very proud and honored to be his daughter,” said Cheney, now chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, a leadership position once held by her father.
Her barb was not the first directed at Bale since his acceptance speech. Earlier this week, Cheney shared a news story on Twitter about Bale being accused of assaulting his mother and sister in 2008.
“Satan probably inspired him to do this, too,” Cheney wrote in the tweet.
Bale was not charged in the incident. Police said less than a month later that they found insufficient evidence to prosecute the actor.
The Washington Post’s Kristine Phillips contributed to this report.