When actor Christian Bale got behind the microphone Sunday night to accept his Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy or musical, he acknowledged the "dumb crap that can come out of my mouth at times."
And then some dumb crap came out of Bale's mouth.
Specifically, he gave a shout out to Satan for helping him capture the essence of former Vice President Dick Cheney in "Vice," as Variety said Bale was "widely praised" for his work on the part, "seemingly disappearing into the role of the resilient and ruthlessly ambitious politician" — even gaining 60 pounds.
"Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role," Bale said, drawing smiles and laughs from the Hollywood crowd.
The Church of Satan enjoyed it, too
Ye olde Church of Satan also got a charge out of Bale's thank you to their hero, noting on Twitter: "To us, Satan is a symbol of pride, liberty and individualism, and it serves as an external metaphorical projection of our highest personal potential. As Mr. Bale's own talent and skill won him the award, this is fitting. Hail Christian! Hail Satan!"
To us, Satan is a symbol of pride, liberty and individualism, and it serves as an external metaphorical projection… https://t.co/yZdKTF2Uio— The Church Of Satan (@The Church Of Satan) 1546829856.0
Bale was self-deprecating while thanking "Vice" director Adam McKay for giving him the Cheney part — but took the former VP down with him.
"He said, 'I've got to find somebody who can be absolutely charisma-free and reviled by everybody.' And he went, 'Ah it's got to be Bale in it.' ... Thank you, and for all the competition, I will be cornering the market on charisma-free a**holes," the Hill reported.
Bale then used the moment to take down another prominent Republican — none other than the U.S. Senate majority leader.
"What do you think, Mitch McConnell next?" Bale asked the cheering crowd. "That could be good, wouldn't it?"
Christian Bale Golden Globe Awards acceptance speech for role of Dick Cheney: "I will be cornering the market on ch… https://t.co/vYj5PbhZeW— Contemptor (@Contemptor) 1546830705.0