Did the Movie 'Vice' Change Liz Cheney's Mind on Gay Marriage?

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday December 7, 2021

Lily Rabe as Liz Cheney in Adam McKay's film "Vice"
Lily Rabe as Liz Cheney in Adam McKay's film "Vice"  

Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney famously changed her tune this year when she came out in support of gay marriage during her Senate run in Wyoming. Her change of view put her at odds with some of her fellow Republican party members and filmmaker Adam McKay thinks he knows why.

In an interview with GQ, McKay said he was "quite proud" of his 2018 film "Vice" as he believes the drama, which focuses on Dick Cheney's vice presidency, really had an impact on the Cheney family in a "real way."

As reported by IndieWire, Cheney's views against gay marriage caused a rift in her relationship with her sister Mary, who is gay. Then Cheney said she was wrong in a later interview with "60 Minutes" after coming out in support of gay marriage and against President Donald Trump's brand of Republicanism.

"I love my sister very much. I love her family very much," Cheney said in the interview. "I was wrong. I was wrong."

In McKay's "Vice," Liz (played by Lily Rabe) is lauded by her father, Dick Cheney (played by Christian Bale), for her public opposition of gay marriage, despite knowing her sister is gay. In the film, and in real life, it is these views that help tear the family apart.

McKay says it was "incredible" to see Liz not only come out against Trumpism but also in support of gay marriage.

"But when she came out for gay marriage, there was a part of me that was like, that can't be an accident," McKay told GQ. "I saw that on social media, people went after her because of the movie. There were a lot of people saying, 'You betrayed your sister, you betrayed your family.'"

Ending the movie with Liz's views on gay marriage wasn't an accident said McKay. "Because the one thing everyone said about Dick Cheney was he loved those daughters, and he loved that family. And in the end, the family shattered apart because of politics, because of that anti-gay stance that Liz took."

Now it seems Cheney is on a mission to stand up for her family and her own beliefs.

"I like to think we had something to do with that," said McKay. "I know the Cheneys hated the movie. I know they really hated it. It wasn't a passing annoyance. So I was quite proud of that. We hit him in the real way."

McKay's next film, "Don't Look Up" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence hits theaters Dec. 10.