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 ]

Baron Davis & Brandon Armstrong

Our hilarious chat with "WTF Baron Davis" stars will leave you "balling!" See what we did there. 🤣...Make sure to tune in to hear all about the new Fuse series. (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Mary Wiseman, Sonequa Martin-Green, Anthony Rapp & Anson Mount

We had the pleasure of talking with the stars of "Star Trek: Discovery" about season 2 of the CBS series. If you want to live long and prosper then check out our convo with this awesome cast. 🖖 (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Melissa B. Miller Costanzo & Molly Ringwald

If there's anyone who knows a thing or two about coming-of-age stories it's Molly Ringwald. Watch our discussion with Ringwald and director Melissa B. Miller Costanzo about their film, "All These Small Moments." (Photo Credit: Jammi York /BUILD )

Dianna Agron

There's no such thing as perfect, but Dianna Agron has us thinking otherwise! 😫 From her "Glee" days to her Cafe Carlyle return, the talented actress and musician gave us all the details! (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Spencer Treat Clark

"Unbreakable" + "Split" = "Glass" which makes us 🤩! Don't miss Spencer Treat Clark share his experience about getting back on-set with Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and go-kart racing with James McAvoy. (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Jonas Åkerlund & Mads Mikkelsen

Mads Mikkelsen and director Jonas Åkerlund make one hell of a team and the evidence is "Polar." Hear all about the (freezing 🥶) blast they had filming the new Netflix Original movie. (Photo Credit: Jammi York /BUILD )

Jameer Pond, Shannon Coffey & Kevan Kenney

Check out what our host Kevan, cultural commentator Jameer and comedian/BUILD Brunch host Shannon had to say about #NewMusicFriday in what was a great and hilarious first Weekend Listen of 2019. (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Steve Zahn, Bradley Whitford, Matthew Carnahan, Stephan Paternot & Lamorne Morris

You ever wonder how the internet came to be? 🤔 Well, here's your chance to find out! Watch our convo with the folks behind Nat Geo's limited series, "Valley of the Boom. (Photo Credit: JP Yim /BUILD )

Haley Joel Osment

The second season of Hulu's "Future Man" is upon us! Find out what Haley Joel Osment likes about working on the comedy and what other projects you can catch him in later this year. (Photo Credit: Jammi York /BUILD )

Megan Boone

From working with the prolific James Spader to sliding into DMs and being more eco-friendly, we had a great time chatting with "The Blacklist" star Megan Boone. (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Manuel Rulfo-Garcia & Manolo Caro

Vea nuestra entrevista con director Manolo Caro y actor Manuel Garcia-Rulfo sobre su nueva película,"Perfectos Desconocidos." ¡Estarás feliz de haberlo hecho! (Photo Credit: Jammi York /BUILD )

Jenna Coleman

She just gives regal vibes! Jenna Coleman, who plays Queen Victoria on PBS' "Victoria," sat down to talk with us about the acclaimed series. Tune in! (Photo Credit: Jammi York /BUILD )

Alice Eve

If only there were two of Alice Eve, but we'll gladly take the one! 🥰  The "Replicas" star gave us the details of what it was like shooting the film, working with Keanu Reeves and more. (Photo Credit: BUILD /BUILD )

Terry Crews

To know him is to love him! The always motivational and wise Terry Crews stopped by to talk the new season of  "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and his gig as host of "AGT: The Champions." (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Catriona Gray

That smile though! 😊 Catriona Gray, aka Miss Universe, Philippines 2018, told us how much she appreciates all her supporters and what fuels her as a person and advocate. (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Josh Dallas

🗣 We're back and we're calling all Manifesters! Hear what about the "Manifest" script drew actor Josh Dallas to the NBC series. (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Allison Williams

We were lucky enough to kick off the new year with none other than the lovely Allison Williams! Find out what she enjoyed about joining "A Series of Unfortunate Events". (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Lyrica Okano

We ended our 2018 on a high note with Lyrica Okano! The star of the Hulu original, Marvel's "Runaways," shared what it's like working for the renowned comic behemoth. (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Madison Vain, Sowmya Krishnamurthy & Kevan Kenney

From hip-hop to pop, it's been quite the year for music! Watch our host Kevan Kenney and music experts Madison Vain, Sowmya Krishnamurthy review some of the biggest hits of the year and who to look out for in 2019! (Photo Credit: Noam Galai /BUILD )

Paris Hilton

Now that's 🔥! The one and only Paris Hilton stopped by the studio to chat about her time working on the Netflix documentary, "The American Meme," and more.  (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Willem Dafoe

Genuinely one of our favorite guests, it's always a pleasure to have the great Willem Dafoe. Watch our discussion about his Vincent Van Gogh portrayal in the film, "At Eternity's Gate." (Photo Credit: Noam Galai /BUILD )

Robert Zemeckis

Robert Zemeckis is the man behind every film we've come to know and love! Hear what he had to say about creating the new unique drama, "Welcome to Marwen." (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Amy Adams & Steve Carell

It's not every day that we have actors of such magnitude like Amy Adams and Steve Carell! You cannot miss our conversation with the stars of the Golden Globe-nominated film, "Vice."

(Photo Credit: Noam Galai /BUILD )

Cody Simpson

Cody Simpson has made his Broadway debut on the amazing "Anastasia," and we couldn't be happier! Find out what the actor/singer has been enjoying most about the musical. (Photo Credit: Noam Galai /BUILD )

Hailee Steinfeld

She sure can take a photo! 😍 We were ecstatic to talk to the lovely Hailee Steinfeld about her role in the new Transformers film, "Bumblebee," and more! (Photo Credit: Noam Galai /BUILD )

Colson Baker (Machine Gun Kelly), Rosa Salazar, Danielle Macdonald, Lil Rel Howrey & Susanne Bier

Your Netflix list is going to get a bit longer because you're going to want to see "Bird Box!" The film's cast and director shared some of the funniest moments on-set. (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Karen Gillan

Karen Gillan acts, writes and directs! Is there anything she doesn't do? Check out our conversation with the talented star. (Photo Credit: Noam Galai /BUILD )

Chantal Rochelle, Lauren Moraski & Kevan Kenney

From Kelly Rowland's return to another Ariana Grande hit, listen to our experts Kevan Kenney, Chantal Rochelle & Lauren Moraski break down #NewMusicFriday. (Photo Credit: Mike Pont /BUILD )

Natalie Portman & Brady Corbet

Natalie Portman's role and Brady Corbet's directing in "Vox Lux" have been enchanting audiences! Don't miss our talk with them about the movie that explores fame and much more. (Photo Credit: Noam Galai /BUILD )

Cynthia Erivo & Shoshana Bean

It's unfair how much talent Cynthia Erivo and Shoshana Bean have, let alone combined! 🤩 We had a blast chatting with the two amazing women about their holiday show, "Night Divine." (Photo Credit: Noam Galai /BUILD )

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