GOP insiders knock their depictions in new Dick Cheney biopic ‘Vice’
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A message featured at the beginning of “Vice” says the Dick Cheney biopic is “as true as it can be” — but several real-life GOP insiders are disputing their depictions in the Golden Globe-winning film.

“Yes, I’m fat today, but I wasn’t fat 18 years ago,” Frank Luntz tells ITK of his portrayal in the movie, which stars Christian Bale as the former vice president. The Republican pollster is seen leading a focus group on the estate tax and sporting something resembling a bowl haircut in a scene in “Vice.”

“I never, ever speak behind podiums. I don’t wear plain, off-the-rack tennis shoes. I don’t make stupid gestures during focus groups,” Luntz, who says he’s seen the film, tells ITK.

“And if Dick Cheney was in the room, I would have thanked him for his service to America,” Luntz adds. “But other than that, spot on.”  

“I have not seen ‘Vice,’ ” Grover Norquist says, but he’s heard descriptions of the scenes featuring him.

The Americans for Tax Reform president says Hollywood managed to muck up the origin of the term “death tax.”

“Let’s go ahead and start with the estate tax. This has been hard to eliminate because the tax only affects those with over $2 million, but we’ve made strides,” Tony Forsmark, the actor who plays Norquist in the movie, says at an Americans for Tax Reform meeting.

“It’s not the end of the world, but the politics of it is not accurate,” the real-life Norquist says.

“The whole thesis which is that calling the death tax the ‘death tax’ instead of the ‘estate tax’ was some decision in 2001 to make the death tax less popular is counterfactual,” adds Norquist, who notes The New York Times used the term as early as the 1920s.

Norquist also takes issue with how his taxpayer advocacy group’s weekly meetings are shown.

“Vice” asserts “that somehow I give orders to the meeting, as opposed to it’s a coordinated movement and you pick up what you want to pick on,” he says.

Norquist, who played himself in two episodes of the Amazon series, “Alpha House,” says he never got a call from anyone associated with the film and there was “no effort to make it as true to life as possible.”

So will he see the movie?

“At some point, yeah, but I got 9- and 10-year-old daughters — I don’t get to go to movies that don’t have cartoons in them,” Norquist quips.

Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) tells ITK he also hasn’t seen the film, while several other George W. Bush administration-era officials who are depicted in it — including former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Cheney counselor Mary Matalin — didn’t respond to ITK’s request for comment.

Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahySenate plots to avoid fall shutdown brawl Booker wins 2020 endorsement of every New Jersey Democrat in Congress The Hill's Morning Report - Can Bernie recapture 2016 magic? MORE (D-Vt.) also hasn’t watched “Vice,” according to his office.

“He hasn’t seen the remake but he did have a small role in the original,” says David Carle, Leahy’s spokesman.

While Leahy has appeared in five “Batman” feature films, an actor played him in the Adam McKay-directed “Vice.”

In it, Leahy is show during an infamous 2004 incident at the Capitol. After Leahy had criticized Cheney, over Halliburton profiting from the Iraq war, the former CEO told the lawmaker: “Go f--- yourself.”

“In Vermont we call that episode on the Senate floor the gift that keeps on giving,” Carle said.