'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 KushnerTrump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Trump: 'We already started' talks to get A$AP Rocky home from Sweden Kim Kardashian West thanks Trump, Kushner for helping efforts to free A$AP Rocky from Swedish jail MORE and Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump steps up attacks on 'Squad' after post-rally furor Trump says he doesn't care if attacks on 'Squad' hurt him politically EXCLUSIVE: Career officials rebut claims of White House interference in security clearance process 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.


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“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.”