Adam McKay, writer-director of the Dick Cheney biopic Vice is unbothered by the recent report that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump abruptly walked out of a screening last month.

On the latest episode of TheAwardist podcast, when asked about the couple bailing on his movie, the Oscar winner laughed and said that the news was “one of the least surprising things I’ve ever heard.”

“It felt like a scene we would actually shoot for Vice, where you would show the audience at one point and see Jared and Ivanka get up and walk out,” McKay continued. “We actually at one point toyed with showing shots of the actual audience, and that would have been something we would have done. Yeah, that’s pretty remarkable.”


Last month, Kushner and Trump were spotted stepping out of her father’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, where they spent part of the holidays and reportedly caught a screening of Vice, which tells the life and rise of Cheney, a former vice president and figure in the Republican party.

A witness told People that the senior White House aides went to a West Palm Beach theater and partway through the viewing, Kushner and Trump and their Secret Service detail got up and left. It still remains unclear why the couple left during the screening as the witness described it as abrupt. 

After its Christmas Day release, Vice received praise from the Golden Globes, of which star Christian Bale won for his portrayal of the former Halliburton CEO.

During his acceptance speech, the 44-year-old thanked Satan for giving him “inspiration” for his performance. 

In response, Cheney’s daughter and Wyoming Representative Liz tweeted out a decade-old article about Bale being detained over an alleged altercation between his mom and sister before the London premiere of The Dark Knight in 2008. The actor was never charged for the alleged incident and has denied the accusation, which was later dismissed by police due to “insufficient evidence.”

“Satan probably inspired him to do this, too,” Liz wrote.

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