Christian Bale, Suit, Red Carpet, Premiere, The Promise, 2017

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Christian Bale Saved Director Adam McKay’s Life After He Had A Heart Attack During Production Of "Vice"

November 30, 2018

As principal photography was nearing completion on the upcoming film Vice, a biographical drama about Dick Cheney, writer and director Adam McKay suffered  heart attack.

And he has Christian Bale to thank for saving his life. 

McKay told Deadline, “While I was making the movie, I was fairly conscious of the fact I put on some weight and I was smoking a lot,” McKay said. “My doctor had told me, you got to stop doing this, and I kept saying, please don’t let me have a heart attack while I’m doing a movie about Dick Cheney.”

Sure enough, during a workout, McKay got tingly hands and his stomach felt queasy. Bale was able to recognize these as symptoms of a heart attack because, as a method actor, he researched heart attacks in preparation for this role, of which he was asked to perform several heart attack scenes.

Since Bale was able to recognize it as a heart attack so quickly, McKay was able to get to a hospital quickly, and no further damage was done.  McKay called Bale several days after the incident to relay the good news.  He said, “I called Christian a week later and said, either you or Dick Cheney just saved my life.  After asking again and again for 10 minutes if I was really alright, we just started laughing.”

Vice opens in theaters Christmas.

Via Indie Wire