"Vice": the controversial representation that makes the movie of Dick Cheney, the most powerful vice president of US history

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It is said that Cheney was the one who actually ruled under President George W. Bush's presidency.

Dick Cheney's hand again weighs on US politics

At least, in the cinema, with the new movie by Adam McKay.

"Vice", a biographical feature film premiered these days, tells the rise of George W. Bush the government of who then was his vice president and one of the most powerful men in Washington.

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And since the premiere hasn't stopped giving reasons for the controversy: Not only because of the dark representation that makes Cheney, but also for some statements and events that have been around premiere.

The last of them, last Sunday, during the Golden Globes, when Christian Bale, the actor who plays Cheney, received the award for the best male performance (musical or comedy).

"Thanks to Satan for inspiring me to play this role"he said in his acceptance speech.

The comparison generated criticism and laughter, applause and irritation among those who admire or the question of which, for many, was the true architect of American politics between 2001 and 2009.

Liz Cheney, the politician's daughter (who is also a Republican congressman), wrote in her Twitter account this week a link about the actor's arrest in 2008 after being accused of "assaulting" her mother and sister.

"Probably Satan also inspired him to do this," he wrote.

The congressional win was not the first voice of the party to question the film, which has been described as "advertising" or "liberal propaganda"for the conservative wing of American politics.

But why has this movie caused so much division in US politics?

The "evil" Cheney

The film, which is told by a fictional veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, begins with a moment that, according to US politicians, marked the role of Cheney in the White House: the attacks of September 11, 2001.

And it is so far from the purely ceremonial role of a vice president in the United States, it is said that Cheney assumed a leading role in formulating the country's official policy and a climate moment in that sense was linked to the attack on the Twin Towers.

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Bale won the Golden Globe for best male achievement for his performance as Cheney.

But also by other crucial moments: it is said that he was the hand behind the invasion of Iraq and that he told it to the letter, with or without the support of the UN Security Council.

In addition, Bush led to discuss the opportunity to lead the government to the vice president who actually moved the back of Washington's local and international political scene between 2001 and 2009.

He has been called, even the most powerful vice president of US history.

In his memoir "Decision Points" Bush called himself "Darth Vader Government" and said he was seen in the White House as "a dark, heartless man."

Other controversial issues

There are other controversial moments of his past that also portray the film.

Despite Bush's attempts, Cheney met the president's position in favor of equitable marriage in 2004, and many of his critics accused him of having been behind Wiretapping by the National Security Agency (NSA) or the talks "Improved interrogation techniques", abuse of prisoners of war that caused scandal a few years ago.

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Dick Cheney is considered the most powerful vice president of US history.

But beyond these facts, one of the most controversial factors has arisen that the film attributed to Cheney's actions thousands of American soldiers' deaths and even the rise of the self-imposed Islamic state as a result of the war in Iraq.

Perhaps the end of the movie is the most controversial point of the entire plot and the one that caused the greatest discomfort in the Republican wing.

Before the credit, an angry Cheney breaks the fourth wall and says a monologue confirming it He does not regret anything he has done in his career.

In this way, for critics of the politician, the film captures the essence of its figure and his years of power, while for his admirers it is a mockery that they regard as one of American's greater politicians.

The truth is that almost no doubt is that the film again highlights a figure whose action not only changed the United States, but the world we know now, one after September 11, 2001.

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