“Vice” isn’t exactly a biopic. It’s more like a darkly comic film, with gonzo elements inspired by the life and career of Dick Cheney.

So, no, writer/director Adam McKay doesn’t promise that every conversation in “Vice” (in theaters Christmas Day) happened verbatim. But he does claim some of them did, that he read every book by and about the Cheneys he could, that he hired a journalist to corroborate his script with off-the-record reporting, and that, as a disclaimer at the start of “Vice” reads, “we did our (expletive) best.”

“The amount of bread crumbs that are left aren’t even crumbs,” says McKay of the former vice president, whose autobiography doesn’t disclose much. “And I’m not even sure there was a trail the bread crumbs were left on.”

No matter, the film manages to cover six decades in the life of Cheney (played by an unrecognizable Christian Bale) as it jumps throughout history, a false ending, iambic pentameter and direct-to-camera speeches by Cheney and an unnamed narrator.

“We really did our best to present these people as people. We really did our best to be accurate with the historic timeline,” McKay says. “And we really think it’s an incredible story that, regardless of your political leanings, is about power and family and America.

“Does that mean that some fringe (media outlets) won’t go after the movie? Of course not.”

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