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How ‘Vice’ Makeup Designer Greg Cannom Turned Christian Bale Into Many Dick Cheneys, Earning The Actor’s Trust

For three-time Oscar winner Greg Cannom—the makeup designer behind DraculaMrs. Doubtfire and Titanic—nothing about Vice was simple. For this radically unconventional film, his first with Adam McKay, he was asked to transform Christian Bale into Dick Cheney, and was honest about the fact that he wasn't sure he could pull it off.
During six weeks of makeup trials with Bale, Cannom was put through the ringer, designing not for one Cheney, but many. Ultimately, George W…