'Vice' director shrugs off report that Ivanka and Jared walked out of screening
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The director of “Vice” says he wasn’t exactly shocked by a report that Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerDemocrats are playing voters on their fantasies for impeachment Author of book on Kushners mocks Jared: He couldn't get a TSA PreCheck without Trump's help What Jared Kushner has to tell Donald Trump on immigration MORE and Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpAuthor of book on Kushners mocks Jared: He couldn't get a TSA PreCheck without Trump's help Africa's women can change a continent: Will Ivanka give them her full support? A Trump visit to Africa is important — and carries some urgency MORE walked out of a showing of the Dick Cheney biopic.

“That’s one of the least surprising things I’ve ever heard,” McKay said on Entertainment Weekly’s “The Awardist” podcast, released this week.


Trump and Kushner, White House advisers in addition to being President TrumpDonald John TrumpForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Lara Trump: Merkel admitting migrants 'one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany' Financial satisfaction hits record high: survey MORE’s daughter and son-in-law, respectively, reportedly caught some of “Vice” while in Florida for the holidays but left the screening abruptly, a source told People.

“Partway through the showing, [Trump] and Kushner and their Secret Service detail got up and left, the witness says,” the magazine reported last week.

“It felt like a scene we would actually shoot for Vice, where you would show the audience at one point and see Jared and Ivanka get up and walk out,” McKay told Entertainment Weekly. “We actually at one point toyed with showing shots of the actual audience, and that would have been something we would have done. Yeah, that’s pretty remarkable.”

The film is hardly a love letter to Cheney — while accepting a Golden Globe earlier this month for his starring role as the former VP, Christian Bale referred to him as a “charisma-free asshole.”

But McKay, who directed “The Big Short,” dubbed Cheney a “pretty thick-skinned guy,” saying, “I actually don’t think he would mind the movie” and could even “get a kick out of it.”

When the magazine inquired whether he would ever screen “Vice” at the White House, if asked, McKay replied, “Oh, hell yeah.”