As far as political biopics go, Adam McKay’s Vice starring Christian Bale as former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney was actually pretty riveting. In the follow up feature from McKay’s The Big Short, the longtime comedy stalwart took another big critical step with Vice earning eight Academy Award nominations (including a Best Picture nom) and drawing reasonably well at the box office.
Yet, unlike The Big Short, which features some more lively and direct vignettes used to spice up some of the more drab scenes and subjects, Vice played it a bit lower key.
The ‘Vice’ Musical Number
However, that was apparently not always the case as McKay and cast members have been teasing an entire musical number dance sequence which ultimately was not included in the theatrical release. In it, as you can see below, the Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard sings and dances around a full-blown musical number while Bale’s Cheney chats with Steve Carrell’s Donald Rumsfeld about how things in Washington D.C. are actually done.
According to McKay, he spent four or five months in the edit trying to make the sequence work in the grand scheme of the narrative, but eventually decided it would perhaps be best to serve as a standalone piece released with the Blu-Ray and digital.
Vice is set to release on digital March 12th and on Blu-Ray and DVD on April 2nd, 2019.