12.19.18

Amy Adams & Steve Carell Talk "Vice"

The story of Dick Cheney, the most powerful Vice President in history, and how his policies changed the world as we know it. "Vice" explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today. Stars Amy Adams and Steve Carell joined BUILD to discuss the film, "Vice."

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>>> THANKS, EVERYBODY. WELCOME TO BUILD. I'M YOUR HOST RICKY CAMILLERI. ONE OF THE BIGGEST MOVIES OF THE YEAR, THIS YEAR, RIGHT NOW, THIS YEAR THAT IS ALMOST OVER IS "VICE" BY THE GREAT DIRECTOR ADAM McKAY, THE MAN WHO HELMED COMEDY CLASSICS LIKE ANCHOR MEN, “TALLADEGA NIGHTS” AND “THE BIG SHORT.” HE NOW TAKES HIS AIM AT DICK CHENEY, WITH STARS LIKE CHRISTIAN BALE, THE GREAT AMY ADAMS AND THE GREAT STEVE CARELL. LET'S LOOK AT THE TRAILER.

>> WHAT DO YOU SAY? I WANT YOU TO BE MY VP. I WANT YOU, YOU'RE MY VICE.

>> WELL, GEORGE, I -- I'M A CEO OF A LARGE COMPANY. AND I HAVE BEEN SECRETARY OF DEFENSE AND I HAVE BEEN WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF, VICE PRESIDENCY IS A MOSTLY SYMBOLIC JOB.

>> UH-HUH.

>> HOWEVER, IF WE CAME TO A DIFFERENT UNDERSTANDING, I CAN HANDLE THE MORE MUNDANE JOBS, OVERSEEING BUREAUCRACY, MILITARY, ENERGY, AND FOREIGN POLICY.

>> YEAH, RIGHT. I LIKE THAT. \M I GOT A PLAN I KNOW THE DIRECTION \M \M THE LAY OF THE LAND \M

>> WHEN YOU HAVE POWER, PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS TRY TO TAKE IT FROM YOU, ALWAYS. \M NOTHING CAN BREAK ME DOWN I'M THE MAN \M

>> ARE YOU EVEN MORE RUTHLESS THAN YOU USED TO BE? \M FIRST IN COMMAND MY TESTIMONY I TAKE THE STAND \M \M WHO'S THE MAN WHO'S THE MAN I'M THE MAN I'M THE MAN \M \M WHO'S THE MAN I'M THE MAN \M

>> SO ARE WE GOING TO DO THIS THING OR WHAT? IS THIS HAPPENING?

>> I BELIEVE WE CAN MAKE THIS WORK.

>> HOT DAMN. \M I'M THE MAN \M

>> EVERYBODY PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER FOR AMY ADAMS AND STEVE CARELL. LET'S HEAR IT. [ APPLAUSE ] HEY THERE.

>> HELLO.

>> CONGRATULATIONS ON AN INCREDIBLY WEIRD, WILD, CRAZY STORY, SORT OF BIOPIC, HISTORY MOVIE, UNLIKE ANY OTHER THAT HAS EVER BEEN MADE. THAT IS ABSOLUTELY WILD. MY FIRST QUESTION IS, YOU KNOW, SO MUCH OF THIS MOVIE IS COMING THROUGH IN THE EDITING, COMING THROUGH IN THE WAY THAT HE'S TELLING THE STORY. I'M WONDERING HOW MUCH YOU KNEW YOU WERE GETTING INTO WHEN YOU GOT ON SET? HOW THE MOVIE WAS GOING TO LOOK AND HOW IT WAS GOING TO BE SHAPED AFTERWARDS, IF YOU HAD ANY SEMBLANCE OF WHAT HE WAS GOING FOR?

>> THE SCRIPT WAS SO IN TACT WHEN WE RECEIVED IT THAT THERE WERE A LOT OF THE IDEAS AND A LOT OF THE TONAL SHIFTS WERE CLEAR INSIDE OF THE SCRIPT. BUT ADAM ALWAYS ENCOURAGED US TO BE AS TRUTHFUL AS POSSIBLE AND AS GROUNDED AS POSSIBLE THROUGH THAT. AND SO THERE WAS, LIKE, A FEAT OF EDITING THE WAY HE WAS ABLE TO EDIT THIS FILM WITH HANK AND THE WAY THEY PUT THE FILM TOGETHER. YEAH.

>> HE'S KNOWN FOR IMPROVISING ON SET A LOT. REALLY NOT MY FAVORITE WORD TO USE IN INTERVIEWS ANYMORE, BECAUSE I THINK EVERYBODY IS, LIKE, DID YOU IMPROVISE AT ALL? HE'S VERY WELL KNOWN FOR THROWING THE SCRIPT OUT A LOT OF THE TIME. I'M WONDERING HOW THAT WORKS FOR YOU BROOK TAMLIN VERSUS SOMEONE WHO ACTUALLY EXISTS.

>> OH, BROOK TAMLIN EXISTS. WE COULD CALL IT OFF THE CUFF.

>> NOTHING THAT FELT SORT OF HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT, LIKE A MUTTERING UNDER MY BREATH, I SAY IF HE DOESN'T DRINK, NEXT TIME I WILL, THINGS -- HE JUST ENCOURAGED SORT OF CHARACTER FLOURISHES, BUT NOTHING HISTORICALLY.

>> I DON'T KNOW FOR CERTAIN WHETHER RUMSFELD CALLED COLIN POWELL A NERVOUS NELLY, BUT, YOU KNOW, IT SEEMS LIKE SOMETHING HE MIGHT SAY.

>> YOU KNOW, YOU GOT THE CHANCE TO KIND OF COVER AND MOCK THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION WHEN YOU SORT OF GOT YOUR START AT THE DAILY SHOW, STEVE. WHAT IS IT LIKE TO KIND OF GO BACK AND DO THAT AGAIN, OBVIOUSLY IN A MUCH DIFFERENT WAY?

>> IT IS INTERESTING SEEING IT FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE AND SEEING IT THROUGH THE PRISM OF A FILMMAKER LIKE ADAM BECAUSE I'VE WORKED WITH HIM, WE BOTH WORKED WITH HIM BEFORE, AND KNOW THAT HE'S A VERY STRONG POINT OF VIEW, AND A VERY SPECIFIC STYLE. AND I'VE KNOWN ADAM SINCE THE EARLY 90s.

>> CHICAGO, RIGHT?

>> YEAH, AT SECOND CITY TOGETHER. MY WIFE WAS ACTUALLY IN AN IMPROV COMPANY WITH HIM. SO WE KIND OF GO WAY BACK. EVEN THEN I SAW WHAT HE WAS, YOU KNOW, HE WAS VERY INVENTIVE, OBVIOUSLY REALLY, REALLY FUNNY, A PERFORMER AT THE TIME AS WELL AS A WRITER. BUT HE HAD THIS VAST REFERENCE LEVEL AND IN A REALLY, REALLY ACUTE INTELLECT. I THINK THAT NOW IS COMING INTO PLAY WITH THESE TYPE OF FILMS AND GOING FROM SOMETHING LIKE "THE DAILY SHOW," WHICH YOU KNOW WAS AN OUTSIDER'S VIEWPOINT OF THIS WORLD, TO TRY TO KIND OF STEP INSIDE IN A WAY AND EXPERIENCE IT FROM THAT ANGLE WAS DIFFERENT AND EXCITING FOR SURE.

>> IT IS A FASCINATING CHANGE OF PERSPECTIVE BECAUSE "THE DAILY SHOW" WAS ABOUT TRYING TO ASCRIBE BELIEFS TO THE ADMINISTRATION IT WAS COVERING. WHAT DO THESE PEOPLE BELIEVE AND WHY ARE THEY DOING THIS AND IN THIS MOVIE YOU HAVE A GREAT SCENE BETWEEN YOU AND CHENEY WHICH SUMS UP WHAT I REGARDED AS THE THESIS OF THE FILM, MANY PEOPLE SAY IT MEANS SOMETHING ELSE, BUT WHERE DICK ASKS WHAT DO WE BELIEVE AND RUMSFELD LAUGHS IN HIS FACE AND IT IS ABOUT THIS IDEA THAT ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS AND THESE PEOPLE ARE DOING THESE THINGS FOR THE SAKE OF POWER, TO HOLD ON TO THEIR JOBS.

>> YEAH IT WAS A VERY SECRETIVE GROUP OF PEOPLE TOO. THERE ISN'T A LOT THAT THEY WANTED TO BE REPORTED ABOUT THEIR WORLD AND THEIR LIVES, SO AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MOVIE, IT IS TO THE BEST -- THE BEST EFFORT POSSIBLE WAS PUT IN OR HOWEVER ADAM PUTS IT WITH AN EXPLETIVE AS WELL. BUT TO THE BEST OF HIS KNOWLEDGE, THIS IS WHAT WENT DOWN BASE ON ALL THE RESEARCH HE DID, EVERYTHING HE KNOWS ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS.

>> LYNNE, HERSELF, IN YOUR PORTRAYAL OF SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T NECESSARILY -- IS NOT A POLITICAL PERSON AT FIRST BUT FINDS HERSELF EMBROILED IN A POLITICAL WORLD AND BECOMES ALMOST MACHIAVELLIAN ABOUT IT IN HER OWN WAY IS AMAZING, AN INCREDIBLE PORTRAYAL. WHAT RESEARCH DID YOU DO INTO THAT PARTICULAR TIME IN HER LIFE?

>> YOU KNOW, I STARTED SORT OF LOOKING AT LYNNE WHERE I WOULD FIND HER TODAY OR ABOUT A YEAR AGO. SHE WROTE A LOT OF BOOKS, DID A LOT OF BOOK TOURS AND I WENT BACK AND WHEN I STARTED DOING THAT, I REALIZED I HAD TO FIGURE OUT WHO SHE WAS OUTSIDE OF MY POLITICAL KNOWLEDGE OF HER. AND OUTSIDE OF MY OWN JUDGMENT AND MY OWN POINT OF VIEW. I KIND OF LET ALL OF THE CURRENT RESEARCH GO AND I REALLY SPENT MORE TIME FIGURING OUT WHO SHE WAS, WHERE SHE CAME FROM, AND IN DOING THAT, I FOUND A GIRL WHO GREW UP IN CASPER, WYOMING, FROM A REALLY HARD LIFE, NOT A LOT OF PRIVILEGE AND WHO JUST WORKED HER -- WORKED HER WAY OUT OF THERE. SHE WORKED HARD AT EVERYTHING SHE DID. SHE HAD A LOT OF AMBITION, A LOT OF DRIVE AND THAT WASN'T ENCOURAGED IN WOMEN, THE SAME WAY THAT IT WAS IN MEN AT THAT TIME. AND SO SHE APPLIED THAT TO HER EDUCATION AND SO I JUST GOT TO KNOW HER OUTSIDE OF THE POLITICAL ARENA AND I THINK THAT REALLY HELPED ME SORT OF DRIVE THE CHARACTER IN A DIFFERENT WAY, THAT FELT MORE GROUNDED.

>> TRYING TO HUMANIZE HER FOR YOURSELF?

>> ABSOLUTELY. I HAVE TO DO THAT WITH EVERY CHARACTER OR ELSE IT IS JUST WORDS ON A PAGE OR IMAGE I HAVE IN MY HEAD. FINDING THE TRUTH OF WHO THEY ARE, YEAH.

>> DID -- DO YOU FIND THAT EASIER OR HARDER WITH SOMEONE WITH A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE YOU MAY HAVE SUCH A CLEAR JUDGMENT ON BECAUSE YOU LIVED THROUGH THAT MOMENT IN HISTORY. WHATEVER YOUR JUDGMENT MAY BE, YOU KNOW.

>> I THINK THAT I STEPPED ASIDE FROM THAT. I HAVE TO DO THAT WITH EVERY CHARACTER. THERE IS CHARACTERS I'VE PLAYED WHO BEHAVE IN WAYS I FIND NOT AT ALL CONGRUENT WITH MY OWN PERSONAL BELIEFS, I COULD LOOK AT SHARP OBJECTS, YOU KNOW, THE DRUNK DRIVING ALONE IN THAT. BUT I HAVE TO STEP OUTSIDE AND GO INTO A CHARACTER AND TRY TO UNDERSTAND THEM IN ORDER TO PORTRAY THEM IN A WAY THAT DOESN'T FEEL LIKE YOU CAN'T FEEL MY OWN PERSONAL BELIEFS BECAUSE I'M PLAYING LYNNE AND WHAT DOES LYNNE BELIEVE ABOUT HERSELF WHAT DOES SHE BELIEVE TO BE TRUE ABOUT HER INTENTIONS AND THAT IS THEN WHAT I HOPED TO PORTRAY, YEAH.

>> DO YOU DO THE SAME THING WITH RUMSFELD, STEVE?

>> NO.

>> YOU CAN'T LET GO OF THE JUDGMENT IN.

>> NO, OF COURSE YOU DO. I THINK YOU CAN'T EDITORIALIZE ABOUT A CHARACTER YOU'RE PLAYING, IT IS JUST -- IT IMPACTS THE POUR PORTRAYAL IN FIRST PLACE. YOU HAVE TO GO IN WITH AN OPEN MIND AND JUST, YOU KNOW, WE DO TALK ABOUT HUMANIZING, THEY'RE HUMAN BEINGS, YOU KNOW. THERE ARE -- EVERYONE IS FLAWED. EVERYONE HAS DIFFERENT ISSUES IN THEIR LIVES AND THAT'S REALLY THE CRUX, I THINK, OF TRYING TO GET INSIDE AND A LOT OF IT IS JUST YOUR BEST GUESS AS TO WHO THEY ARE BEHIND THAT PUBLIC PERSONA. RUMSFELD IN PARTICULAR WAS -- HE SEEMED LIKE KIND OF A HOMESPUN WARM AFFABLE GUY WHEN YOU SEE HIM IN PUBLIC. AND SEE HIM DOING PRESS CONFERENCES, BUT CLEARLY THERE WAS ANOTHER SIDE TO HIM AS WAS EVIDENCED BY FINDING OUT THAT BOTH NIXON AND KISSINGER SAID YOU GOT TO WATCH OUT FOR THAT GUY. SO FOR THOSE TWO GUYS TO SAY THAT ABOUT SOMEONE ELSE, I THINK INFORMS ABOUT WHO THAT PERSON MIGHT HAVE BEEN BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. YOU DO THE RESEARCH AND TAKE A STAB AT IT. AND TRY TO MAKE IT FEEL LIKE IT IS A PERSON THAT EXISTS IN THE WORLD.

>> JUST FOR SAKE OF THE PERFORMANCE STYLE, NOT TO NECESSARILY CALL THEM VILLAINS, BUT IF CHENEY AND RUMSFELD ARE VILLAINS IN THE WORLD, CHENEY IS THIS QUIET SILENT TYPE, HIDING BEHIND THE CURTAIN, AND RUMSFELD IS SOMEONE WHO REALLY RELISHES BEING IN PUBLIC AND SORT OF PLAYING WITH HIS OWN PERSONA. WAS THAT FUN FOR YOU TO PLAY?

>> OH, YEAH. THERE IS A SCENE EARLY ON, YOUNGER RUMSFELD, SORT OF HOLDING COURT, AND MOCKING OLDER CONGRESSMEN AND JUST THE BRAVADO HE HAS. AND THE SELF-CONFIDENCE WITH SOMETHING THAT I THINK CHENEY SPARKED TO INSTANTLY. AND SOMETHING THAT HE WANTED TO ALIGN HIMSELF WITH, BECAUSE CLEARLY THIS WAS A GUY WHO KNEW THE INNER WORKINGS OF D.C. AND HE FELT I ALIGN MYSELF WITH THAT PERSON, I'LL LEARN A LOT, BUT SOME OF THAT CHARISMA TOO COULD RUB OFF.

>> I MEAN, SO MUCH OF THE FILM FELT LIKE IT WAS ABOUT THE INNER WORKINGS OF D.C. IN THE SENSE THAT NONE OF IT HAS THAT MUCH CONNECTION TO THE REST OF THE WORLD AND IT IS ALL ABOUT THOSE MAINTAINING THEIR PLACE WITHIN IT AND HOWEVER THEY CAN SORT OF MANIPULATE THE OUTSIDE IN ORDER TO ASCEND TO HIGHER LEVELS OF POWER AND CONTROL.

>> IT IS INTERESTING --

>> ANIHILISM TO IT.

>> EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN CIRCLE THAT WAY. WHEN TALKING ABOUT SECOND CITY, WHEN I WAS AT SECOND CITY, THAT WAS OUR WORLD. NOTHING ELSE BESIDES SECOND CITY EXISTED. IT WAS, LIKE, THE EPICENTER OF OUR ACTING WORLD, OUR PERSONAL WORLD, AND ALL OF THE INTRIGUE AND ALL OF THE POLITICS, EVERYTHING WAS VERY CONDENSED WITHIN THAT. AND ONCE YOU STEPPED OUTSIDE OF IT, IT SEEMED LIKE IT DIDN'T -- IT WASN'T AS IMPORTANT. BUT I THINK D.C. IS VERY MUCH THE SAME WAY. IT IS VERY INSULAR, IT IS VERY SELF-CONTAINED. AND CERTAINLY THE STAKES ARE INCREDIBLY HIGH. BUT THERE IS AN ATTITUDE I THINK WITHIN THE PARTICIPANTS THAT THIS IS -- THIS IS IT, THIS IS THE WORLD AND NOTHING EXISTS OUTSIDE OF OUR WORLD.

>> IT IS A WORLD THAT CHENEY FALLS INTO, FALLS INTO. THERE IS AN AMAZING SCENE IN THE BEGINNING OF THE FILM WITH YOU AND CHRISTIAN WHERE YOU'RE GOADING HIM MAY BE THE RIGHT WORD BUT CHASTISING HIM.

>> I'M A MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER. IF YOU'VE SEEN THE CLIP, I'M PRETTY HARD ON HIM. I LIKE TO CALL IT GIVING HMM A GOOD KICK IN THE PANTS.

>> I LOVE THAT SCENE. YOU GET A SCRIPT AND SEE ESSENTIALLY WHAT THE CHARACTER'S MOTIVES ARE IN A MOMENT LIKE THIS AND YOU HAVE A MONOLOGUE WHERE YOU TEAR INTO ANOTHER CHARACTER, DO YOU RELISH THAT AS AN ACTRESS?

>> IT IS INTERESTING BECAUSE WHEN THE SCRIPT WAS DELIVERED TO ME, WHEN I READ THE SCRIPT THERE WAS A FULL SECTION THAT DIDN'T MAKE IT INTO THE FILM, ESTABLISHING WITH OTHER ACTORS AS YOUNG LYNNE AND YOUNG DICK. SO WHEN -- BY THE TIME YOU MET LYNNE IN THAT MOMENT, YOU WOULD ALREADY SEE HER A LOT BEFORE, SO IT DIDN'T FEEL LIKE SUCH A LAUNCH. I LOVE THE WAY IT WAS USED AS AN INTRODUCTION. IT IS A PRETTY STRONG INTRODUCTION TO HER CHARACTER. AND IT SAYS A LOT ABOUT THEIR RELATIONSHIP. AND FUNNY, I HOPE MY MOM DOESN'T MIND ME TELLING THESE STORIES, I WATCHED THE FILM WITH HER FOR FIRST TIME, I WATCHED IT WITH HER AND AT THE END SHE WAS, LIKE, I LIKE THAT LYNNE CHENEY. I GOT TO SAY, AMY, I KNOW SO MANY WOMEN LIKE THAT WHO JUST KICKED THEIR MEN INTO THEIR POSITION, YOU KNOW. AND SO IT IS OF A DIFFERENT GENERATION WHERE, YOU KNOW, THE OPTIONS WEREN'T SET IN FRONT OF LYNNE AS CLEARLY AS THEY WOULD BE TODAY AS SHE DIDN'T HAVE THE CHOICES AND, YOU KNOW, SHE WAS REALLY INTELLIGENT AND I DON'T THINK SHE SANG LIKE YOU'RE GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL OR I'M LEAVING YOU, SHE IS ESSENTIALLY SAYING I'M GETTING OUT OF TOWN, ARE YOU COMING WITH ME OR ARE YOU GOING TO STAY BACK HERE? I'M NOT GOING TO DO THE PLAN WHERE WE STAY BACK HERE. AND I DID UNDERSTAND THAT. YOU KNOW. SHE HAS A -- HER MANNER IS VERY DIFFERENT, AND I COMPLETELY UNDERSTOOD THE MESSAGING OF I'M GETTING OUT OF HERE AND ARE YOU COMING WITH ME, OR IS THIS THE CHOICE OF WHO YOU WANT TO BE.

>> I ENJOY ALL OF THOSE CONVERSATIONS WHEN MY PARTNER DOES THAT TO ME, ABSOLUTELY, THANK YOU, YES, YOU'RE RIGHT.

>> HAVE ANY OF YOU FOLKS SEEN THE MOVIE YET? HAD THE OPPORTUNITY?

>> YOU'RE NOT RAISING YOUR HAND, YOU'RE TELLING ME THREE QUESTIONS FOR THE AUDIENCE, GREAT.

>> AMY IS UNBELIEVABLE. REALLY, REALLY SPECIAL PERFORMANCE. BUT SHE ALWAYS IS. SHE'S ONE OF MY FAVORITE ACTORS.

>> AGREE.

>> AND TO BE IN A MOVIE WITH HER IS PRETTY EXCITING. BUT JUST -- I JUST WANTED TO DO -- AND EMBARRASS YOU A LITTLE BIT IN PUBLIC. IT IS REALLY -- IT REALLY, REALLY IS INCREDIBLE.

>> SURPRISE, SURPRISE, AMY ADAMS AND STEVE CARELL ARE AMAZING IN A MOVIE.

>> I FEEL LIKE WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT CHRISTIAN FOR A SECOND TOO BECAUSE --

>> HE'S OKAY.

>> YOU KNOW, NO, I JUST FEEL LIKE I CAN'T TAKE ANY CREDIT FOR MY PERFORMANCE WITHOUT GIVING HIM CREDIT TO THE DEDICATION THAT HE HAS THAT ELEVATES EVERYONE AROUND HIM. SO ANYTIME I GET A COMPLIMENT, I HAVE TO COMPLIMENT CHRISTIAN AS SORT OF, LIKE, YOU KNOW, ADAM AND THEN CHRISTIAN AND THE WORK ETHIC AND THE RESEARCH AND THE AMOUNT OF DEDICATION THEY HAD TO THIS FILM WAS REALLY INSPIRING TO BE AROUND.

>> YOU WORKED WITH CHRISTIAN BEFORE, YOU WORKED WITH CHRISTIAN, EMACIATED VERSUS THIS. WHAT IS IT LIKE -- I DON'T MEAN JUST THE DESCRIPTION, WHAT IS IT LIKE TO -- DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU KNOW HIM OR JUST SORT OF KNOW THESE PEOPLE THAT HE SHOWS UP ON SET AS.

>> IT IS ALWAYS A SURPRISE TO ME WHEN I SEE HIM AS CHRISTIAN BALE BECAUSE I'VE WORKED WITH HIM AS DICKY IN THE FIGHTER AND IN AMERICAN HUSTLE AND HE'S NEVER LOOKED LIKE THE PERSON YOU SEE.

>> HE GAINED WEIGHT FOR IRVING AS WELL, RIGHT?

>> YEAH. I'M USED TO THE MORE ROBUST CHRISTIAN BALE, YOU KNOW, ROTUND CHRISTIAN.

>> ROBUST, I LIKE THAT.

>> I ACTUALLY LIKE --

>> I PLAN ON BEING ROBUST AFTER THE HOLIDAYS.

>> ME TOO.

>> I'M GETTING INTO ROBUST MODE RIGHT NOW.

>> AFTER THIS DRESS. ANYWAY, I LOVE WORKING WITH CHRISTIAN. I THINK THERE IS -- THERE IS SUCH A TRUST I HAVE WITH HIM. BUT IT IS ALWAYS -- IT IS NEVER A SURPRISE WHERE HE GOES PHYSICALLY, BUT IT IS ALWAYS IMPRESSIVE. I EXPECT NOTHING LESS, YOU KNOW.

>> YOU SAY IT ELEVATES YOUR GAME, IS THAT THE KIND OF THING WHERE YOU SHOW UP ON SET AND YOU'RE, LIKE, I HAVE TO WORK AS HARD.

>> I HAVE TO GAIN WEIGHT. OKAY. I GUESS I'LL EAT THE BREAKFAST SANDWICH. CHRISTIAN IS DOING IT. NO, IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE PHYSICAL CHANGE THAT HE'S COMMITTED TO, IT IS THE ACTUAL, LIKE, IT FEELS LIKE A CELLULAR TRANSFORMATION. SO, YEAH, IT DOES -- I KNOW THAT I'M GOING TO BE IN A SCENE WITH HIM WHERE I HAVE TO DOMINATE HIM AS A CHARACTER AND IF I HAVE ANY DOUBTS OR IF I HOLD BACK AT ALL, IT IS NOT GOING TO WORK. AND MY NATURAL CHARACTER IS VERY SCARED ALL THE TIME, LIKE, AMY IS A FEARFUL PERSON, BUT INSIDE OF CHARACTERS I JUST --

>> THAT IS SORT OF WHAT YOU'VE DONE WITH HIM IN EVERY MOVIE.

>> EVERY MOVIE.

>> THE BEST SCENE OF THE FIGHTER IS THE TWO OF YOU ON THE PORCH, ALL OF AMERICAN HUSTLE YOU'RE TELLING HIM WHAT TO DO AND DOMINATING AND THIS AS WELL.

>> I KNOW. IT IS SO WEIRD. IT IS FUN. I DIDN'T REALLY REALIZE THAT UNTIL I WAS TALKING ABOUT THIS FILM I WAS, LIKE, I THINK I YELLED -- IT IS A GOOD LUCK CHARM. I'M PART OF ALL OF THOSE FILMS.

>> WHAT ABOUT YOU? WHEN CHRISTIAN SHOWS UP TO SET AS ROBUST REMY -- OR NOT REMY --

>> WE SAT NEXT TO EACH OTHER IN THE MAKEUP TRAILER FOR THREE OR FOUR HOURS AND I WOULD -- WE WOULD SAY HELLO WHEN WE GOT THERE, AND HE WOULD BE CHRISTIAN AND THEN FOUR HOURS LATER HE WAS ANOTHER GUY. BUT, YOU KNOW WHAT, IT IS INTERESTING TOO BECAUSE HE'S NOT -- THERE IS NO PRETENSE TO HIM EITHER. IT IS NOT AS IF HE WALKS AROUND ON SET DEEP INTO THIS CHARACTER AND VERY METHODY AND I'M HIDING IN A CORNER BEING MY CHARACTER. WE PLAYED AROUND AND HAD FUN AND TALKING ABOUT THE OFF THE CUFFIES, I THREW A COUPLE AT HIM AND TO SEE HIM LAUGHING AS CHRISTIAN UNDERNEATH THE CHENEY PERSONA WAS REALLY FUN. BUT HE'S JUST -- HE'S A DELIGHTFUL GUY. AND HE'S NOT -- HE DOESN'T WEAR THAT. HE'S NOT -- HE'S NOT PRETENTIOUS ABOUT IT.

>> IS THAT OFTEN THE MISUNDERSTANDING OF, YOU KNOW, METHOD OR METHODY ACTORS, IT IS OFTEN JUST A KIND OF WAY TO HOLD ON TO THE ACCENT OR A WAY TO HOLD ON TO THE CELLULAR CHANGE IN THE BODY, AND IT IS NOT ABOUT CARRYING AROUND A MOROSE THING AROUND -- ON THE SET, JUST ABOUT HOLDING ON TO THAT CHARACTER AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

>> EVERYONE HAS A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO IT. AND, YOU KNOW, I WOULDN'T -- I'M NOT JUDGING PEOPLE WHO DO THAT EITHER, BUT IN HIS PARTICULAR CASE, HE WAS, YOU KNOW, HE WAS ALWAYS TETHERED TO THE CHARACTER FOR SURE. BUT HE WASN'T, LIKE, DON'T -- DON'T TALK TO ME, AS CHRISTIAN BALE. I'M -- YOU KNOW, HE WASN'T THAT SERIOUS ABOUT IT.

>> DON'T LOOK INTO CHRISTIAN'S EYES.

>> HE DIDN'T TAKE HIMSELF SERIOUSLY BUT TOOK THE WORK SERIOUSLY.

>> I THINK ALL OF US SORT OF, I KNOW FOR ME IT WAS HELPFUL TO STAY IN VOICE AND TETHERED TO THE CHARACTER. IT WAS REALLY HELPFUL. ESPECIALLY WITH THE WAY THAT ADAM LIKES TO BE FLUID AND FLEX IBLE.

>> TALK ABOUT THAT, BEING FLUID AND FLEXIBLE.

>> CHANGING NEW THINGS, CHANGING THE BLOCKING, CONSTANTLY EXPERIMENTING WITH THE MATERIAL IN ORDER TO FIND THE SCENE. AND I FOUND THE MORE I WAS TETHERED TO LYNNE, THE EASIER IT WAS FOR ME AND THE FREER I FELT. AND QUITE FUN. I WOULD SING SONGS AS LYNNE CHENEY. AND --

>> WHAT ARE LYNNE'S FAVORITE SONGS?

>> SHE'S A BIG HIT OF -- SHE LIKES HEAVY METAL. THE SMOOTH GROOVES.

>> SMOOTH GROOVES.

>> YOU KNOW, FROM THE '70s.

>> LIKE YACHT ROCK STYLE, LIKE LIGHT -- \M SAILING TAKES ME AWAY TO WHERE \M

>> AIR SUPPLY?

>> SHE LOVES HEAVY METAL. I TORTURED EVERYBODY ON SET.

>> SINGING MOTORHEAD AS LYNNE CHENEY AROUND THE SET.

>> IT WAS WEIRD AROUND CHRISTMAS. SHE DID PUT -- I WAS TEMPTED TO DO A CHRISTMAS ALBUM FOR ADAM.

>> PLEASE MAKE A LYNNE CHENEY CHRISTMAS ALBUM AS SUNG BY AMY ADAMS.

>> IT WOULD BE FUN. IT WAS THAT SORT OF JUST STAYING LOOSE INSIDE OF THE CHARACTER.

>> I'M GOING TO KEEP GOING WITH THIS. CAN LYNNE HAVE MOMENTS ON THE ALBUM WHERE SHE TALKS TO THE AUDIENCE LISTENING, LIKE PHIL SPECTOR ON THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM, THANKS FOR LISTENING, EVERYBODY.

>> I'LL TAKE ANY AND ALL IDEAS. SEEING AS -- YEAH, I'LL TAKE THAT.

>> ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THIS, AMY ADAMS, LET ME GET IN ON THIS. LET'S GET A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE. WHAT DO WE GOT?

>> HI. SO I READ AN ARTICLE RECENTLY ABOUT THERE BEING A MUSICAL NUMBER THAT GOT CUT AND THAT IS FASCINATING TO ME BECAUSE I DIDN'T EXPECT THAT AT ALL WITH THIS MOVIE. DID THAT ACTUALLY GET FILMED AND WHAT WAS THAT LIKE?

>> IT DID GET FILMED. IT WAS CHRISTIAN AND I IN THE CONGRESSIONAL LUNCH ROOM. AND I WAS -- IT WAS MORE OF RUMSFELD SHOWING HIM THE ROPES, GIVING HIM THE SCOOP ON, YOU KNOW, THE INSIDE OF WASHINGTON, AND AROUND US THIS MUSICAL NUMBER UNFOLDED. AND IT WAS PRETTY SPECTACULAR. TOOK A COUPLE OF DAYS TO SHOOT WITH I THINK THE CHOREOGRAPHER OF HAMILTON DID IT AND REALLY THE TOP DANCERS IN THE COUNTRY. IT WAS AMAZING. INCIDENTALLY THERE WAS A BIG MUSICAL NUMBER IN THE SECOND ANCHORMAN THAT NEVER SAW THE LIGHT OF DAY TOO. I THINK GOING FORWARD, I'LL KNOW IF I'M DOING AN ADAM McKAY MOVIE AND BIG MUSICAL THING. IT IS CLEARLY JUST FOR THE DVD.

>> DID THAT MUSICAL NUMBER IN ANCHORMAN END UP SHOWING UP WHAT THEY RERELEASED IT IN THEATERS?

>> I DON'T THINK IT EVER SHOWED UP.

>> I VAGUELY REMEMBER SEEING IT. MAYBE IT IS ON YOUTUBE OR --

>> I'M SURE IT WAS IN THE EXTRAS SOMEHOW.

>> WERE YOU AND CHRISTIAN SINGING OR THE PEOPLE SINGING THE SONG AROUND YOU?

>> WE WERE OBLIVIOUS TO WHAT WAS GOING ON AROUND US AND THE SONG UNFOLDED AROUND US. WE WERE INSIDE OF IT.

>> WAS THERE ANY SORT OF BIG MOMENTS OF YOURS THAT GOT CUT FROM THE FILM?

>> NO, JUST LITTLE PIECES, I THINK. I TEND TO LET GO OF THAT AFTER I FILM IT BECAUSE YOU HAND IT OVER TO THE DIRECTOR AND THE EDITOR AND THE AUDIENCE AND SO I CAN'T BE -- I DON'T GET MARRIED TO ANY SCENES I SHOOT.

>> TIME FOR ONE MORE QUESTION. HI THERE.

>> HI.

>> I'M REALLY EXCITED TO SEE THE FILM. SO BOTH OF YOU HAVE VERY DIVERSE BACKGROUND IN ACTING AND THE CAST IS ALSO INCREDIBLE. SO I'M WONDERING IS THERE SOMETHING YOU LEARNED FROM ONE OR ANOTHER?

>> IT WAS INTERESTING, I DIDN'T HAVE A TON OF TIME WITH STEVE IN THIS FILM. THE FIRST TIME I WORKED WITH STEVE WAS ON "THE OFFICE." THAT WAS A REMARKABLE EXPERIENCE FOR ME. I HAD NEVER WORKED IN THAT SORT OF ENVIRONMENT. AND THAT SORT OF PEOPLE THINKING SO QUICKLY ON THEIR FEET AND ABLE TO MANEUVER AROUND ONE ANOTHER AND HE WAS JUST A GENIUS. AND IT REALLY REMINDED ME TO, AGAIN, STAY LOOSE, BE OPEN. DON'T COME INTO A SCENE WITH FIXED IDEA OF WHAT IT IS. AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WORKING WITH HIM ON "THE OFFICE" HELPED TO TEACH AND REMIND ME. I HADN'T DONE A LOT OF WORK BEFORE THEN.

>> AND FROM MY POINT OF VIEW, WORKING WITH AMY ON "THE OFFICE," SHE CAME IN AND INSTANTLY WAS, LIKE, ONE OF -- BECAUSE THERE WAS THIS -- THE LOOK INTO THE CAMERA, WHICH IS A SPECIFIC THING FOR THAT SHOW AND TO KIND OF INCLUDE THE CAMERA AS A, YOU KNOW, AS ANOTHER PART OF THE, YOU KNOW, THE VIEWER, ACKNOWLEDGING, AND THERE WAS A REAL SUBTLETY TO IT. AND INSTANTLY SHE KNEW HOW TO DO IT. SHE WAS -- I WAS ASTOUNDED AND AMAZED. I'VE BEEN A HUGE FAN FOR A LONG, LONG TIME. AND AFTER AMY WENT OUT, I DON'T KNOW, YOU DID A COUPLE BIG, BIG FILMS, AND THEN THEY ASKED YOU TO COME BACK AND DO A GUEST SPOT ON "THE OFFICE" AND YOU CAME BACK AND I'LL NEVER FORGET THAT. I THOUGHT, WOW, SHE'S SLUMMING ON OUR LITTLE SHOW.

>> IT WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE EXPERIENCES. THAT WAS BOOZE CRUISE, WHICH WAS AMAZING, SO MUCH FUN.

>> ANYWAY.

>> BUT I WILL SAY PUBLICLY, I WANT TO WORK WITH YOU.

>> I FEEL THE SAME WAY.

>> YEAH. LIKE, WE'RE --

>> LIKE, YEAH. I NOW WANT TO YELL AT YOU.

>> I'LL GAIN 50 POUNDS FOR IT.

>> WAS THERE EVER -- NO NAMES, WAS THERE EVER A GUEST STAR ON "THE OFFICE" WHO DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO DO WHAT YOU JUST SAID. LIKE, WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE?

>> WELL, AMY STARTED ON A WEDNESDAY, THE ACTRESS WHO WAS ORIGINALLY CAST IN AMY'S PART WAS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE. DIDN'T HAPPEN OFTEN. SOMEBODY WAS REPLACED, AND THEY BROUGHT IN AMY ADAMS AND --

>> WHAT A REPLACEMENT.

>> IT WAS -- EVERYONE WAS ASTOUNDED, LIKE, CAN SHE BE IN THE SHOW? LIKE, CAN SHE BE A PART OF THIS WORLD PERMANENTLY? IT SHE WAS SO GOOD. SHE FIT IN, INSTANTLY THERE WAS NO SENSE OF, YOU KNOW NO LEARNING CURVE. SHE WAS, LIKE, RIGHT THERE. I DON'T KNOW. I'M OBVIOUSLY A HUGE FAN.

>> I'M A HUGE FAN OF THE BOTH OF YOU. I'M A BIG FAN OF THE MOVIE AS WELL. IT COMES OUT THIS CHRISTMAS. BOTH OF YOU ARE SO AMAZING IN IT. THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMING BY TODAY AND SITTING WITH US. "VICE," CHRISTMAS DAY, EVERYBODY PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER ONE MORE TIME FOR AMY ADAMS AND STEVE CARELL. LET'S HEAR IT. [ APPLAUSE ]

Sherri Shepherd & Gabriel Iglesias

Individually, both Gabriel Iglesias and Sherri Shepherd are a blast! So you could imagine the riot we had with them taking the stage together...I mean this photo gives you an idea! 😂Be sure to watch our time with the "Mr. Iglesias" stars! (Photo Credit: Jammi York /BUILD )

Robin Givens

If you love her in "Riverdale," then get ready for an even edgier, more ambitious Robin Givens in the newest OWN series! Find out what she enjoyed most about filming the first season of "Ambitions." (Photo Credit: Jammi York /BUILD )

Emily Ratajkowski & Theo James

Quite the pair! 😍These two lovely actors teamed up to bring to life the new movie, "Lying & Stealing." Hear all about their experience working together and the awesome locations they filmed at.

(Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Chris Moukarbel & Lady Bunny

We're always overjoyed whenever a legend takes our stage! We sat down with the one and only Lady Bunny and director Chris Moukarbel to discuss the new HBO documentary, "Wig." P.S. Lady Bunny had some things to say about reality stars now! 👀

(Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne has no problem keeping it real and we applaud her for that! Don't miss this very candid and deep conversation we had with the actress, and now author, about her new book, "The Life of a Wannabe Mogul," career and life.

(Photo Credit: Noam Galai /BUILD )

Tessa Thompson & Chris Hemsworth

It's unfair how good-looking they are! 😩Find out what they had to say about teaming up again to shoot the new  "Men in Black: International." We couldn't forget our time with these two even if they used on a neuralyzer on us! 😎

(Photo Credit: Jammi York /BUILD )

Monét X Change with Gene Graham, Blaze & Fever

Oh, the tea that was spilled in this week's episode of "The X Change Rate"! Besides talking the latest in pop culture, Monét sat down with some folks behind the "This One's for The Ladies" documentary. And if you're a fan of "The Price is Right," you're in for quite the treat! 🤣🍆  (Photo Credit: Jammi York /BUILD )

Stana Katic

The Amazon Prime series, "Absentia," is back for another season! 🙌Stana Katic gave us some deets on what viewers can expect and her rewarding experience as lead and producer on the show thus far. Tune in! (Photo Credit: Jammi York /BUILD )

Julia Stiles

Sometimes wealth comes from the shadiest business as we see in Julia Stiles' great new show, "Riviera." Watch her explain how her character, Georgina, and the show has evolved from season 1 to season 2.  (Photo Credit: Jammi York /BUILD )

Sutton Foster, Miriam Shor, Molly Bernard & Peter Hermann of TV Land's "Younger" on BUILD Series

We always love having the "Younger" folks at BUILD and, honestly, we always will! 😍This time around we sat down to chat with Sutton Foster, Miriam Shor, Molly Bernard and Peter Hermann about what awaits viewers in season 6 of their hit series. (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Jake Miller

Needless to say, we aren't the only ones who love Jake Miller! 💛Fans haven't been able to get enough of his latest EP, "Based On a True Story," and he's so appreciative of it. Check out our chat with the great and humble artist. (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Elaine Welteroth

You are "More Than Enough" and if you don't believe it, let author and former Teen Vogue editor Elaine Welteroth convince you. Our discussion with Elaine about her book will leave you feeling empowered. Make sure to tune in! (Photo Credit: Jammi York /BUILD )

Alexandra Shipp, Jessie T. Usher, Regina Hall & Tim Story

These folks are some bad motherf...🤭We're only talking about the cast & director of "Shaft!" Hear all about the fun time Jessie T. Usher, Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp and Tim Story had making the third installment of the popular blaxploitation film. (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Carrie Preston & Niecy Nash

You know the ladies of "Claws" had to come with their nails on point! 💅Find out what awaits viewers in season 3 of the TNT drama from stars Niecy Nash and Carrie Preston. (Photo Credit: Jammi York /BUILD )

Monét X Change with RuPaul and Anthony Rapp

We kicked off the first "The X Change Rate" of Pride month with the one and only RuPaul and we put his pop trivia knowledge to the test! Monét also sat down with her "scissor sister" (insider 🤣) and "Star Trek: Discovery" star Anthony Rapp. Be sure to tune in! (Photo Credit: Jammi York /BUILD )

Jo Koy

🗣Netflix watchers be on alert cause Jo Koy is "Comin' In Hot!" ☄️We had a great time talking with the charmingly funny guy about his latest Netflix special that is sure to leave viewers cracking up. (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Behati Prinsloo

She's a supermodel who not only makes time for the runway but to save rhinos; you gotta love her! Tune into our talk with Behati Prinsloo about her work with the organization, Save the Rhino Trust Namibia. 🦏 (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Samira Wiley

Absolutely loved having Samira Wiley of "The Handmaid's Tale" stop by! ❤️ 🧡 💛 💚 💙 From what she's learned from her character to what she's taking away from her other hit series, "Orange Is the New Black," we had a great conversation with her.  (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Sanaa Lathan

Always a pleasure having Sanaa Lathan! The lovely actress talked about her experience working on the rebooted classic sci-fi series headed by Jordan Peele, "The Twilight Zone." So do yourself a favor and replay our chat with her. 😬 (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Wanda Sykes

Wanda Skyes is not normal...she's far above average with her outstanding activism, wit and comedy! She joined us to talk about her new Netflix special. Trust us, you're going to want to hear what she had to say! 😏 (Photo Credit: Noam Galai /BUILD )

Ellen Page, Alan Poul, Lauren Morelli, Charlie Barnett, Laura Linney & Zosia Mamet

Look at those smiles! 😁 These beautiful people are responsible for what's sure to be Netflix watchers' newest obsession, "Tales of the City." Hear what the cast and creators had to say about modernizing the 90s miniseries.

(Photo Credit: Noam Galai /BUILD )

Tyga

There aren't too many people that shine as bright T-Raww! 🤩Hip-hop lovers are in for quite the treat with Tyga's new album, "Legendary." Tune into to see who's featured in it.

(Photo Credit: Jammi York /BUILD )

Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Danay Garcia, Austin Amelio & Jenna Elfman

They may star on a show all about death but these fine folks give us life! 🥰 Find out what zombie-infested fates await your favorite characters in the new season of the hit AMC series, "Fear the Walking Dead." 👀

(Photo Credit: Noam Galai /BUILD )

Patrick Page & Amber Gray

Put these two master actors on a stage and it's no surprise that you have a Tony-nominated musical. If you're a fan of Broadway's "Hadestown" or just stellar musicals in general, be sure to watch our chat with Patrick Page and Amber Gray. (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Monét X Change & Colman Domingo

This picture is an understatement of how much fun we had with Colman Domingo on The X Change Rate! 🤑We talked Iggy Azalea leaving social media, we found out who Colman would "beat" or "eat" and so much more. Don't miss Monét being Monét! (Photo Credit: Noam Galai /BUILD )

Gabrielle Green, Ryan Alessi, Kate Godfrey, Chinguun Sergelen, Reece Caddell, Lex Lumpkin & Nathan Janak

These kids are the future and they're funny! 🤣Now although they have some big shoes to fill, they're up for the challenge! Check out how the young budding stars felt about joining the reboot of the beloved Nickelodeon sketch comedy, "All That." (Photo Credit: Michael Koehler /BUILD )

Albert Hammond Jr

Musician Albert Hammond Jr stopped by the studio to give us some details about his new single, "More to Life." Make sure to tune in to see what "Queer Eye" member sent him a super supportive video message! 👀 (Photo Credit: Jammi York /BUILD )

Kel Mitchell

90s kids rejoice...Kel Mitchell and "All That" are back! 🙌 The former star, who now co-executive produces alongside Kenan Thompson, told us all about the nostalgic and new bits in the show that will have audiences cracking up.

(Notice the orange soda on the side 😏)

(Photo Credit: Jammi York /BUILD )

DeWanda Wise

DeWanda Wise is as lovely as she is gorgeous, we promise you! 😍🤩 Find out what attracted the "She's Gotta Have It" star to the vibrant role of Nola Darling and how she approaches playing her. (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Monét X Change & Logan Browning

The X Change Rate is officially open! We couldn't have had a better guest to join Monét X Change on our new show's debut than Logan Browning. Don't miss all the tea cause trust and believe there was some spilled! ☕️✌️ (Photo Credit: Jammi York /BUILD )

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