“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 continued. “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.”
Last month, Kushner and Ivanka, both 37, stepped out of her father’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, where they spent part of the holidays, to catch a screening of Vice — which has attracted awards attention, polarized reviews and criticism from the Cheney family.
A witness told PEOPLE that the senior White House aides went to a West Palm Beach theater for a showing of McKay’s acidic retelling of the life and rise of Cheney, a former vice president and tremendously consequential figure in the political party that Ivanka’s father now leads.
Partway through the showing, she and Kushner and their Secret Service detail got up and left, the witness said.
It remains unclear what prompted the exit, though the witness described it as abrupt.
Following its Christmas Day release, Vice earned plaudits from the Golden Globes, where star Christian Bale won for his portrayal of the former Halliburton CEO.
In his acceptance speech, Bale, 44, thanked “Satan for giving me inspiration” for his performance.
This article originally appeared in PEOPLE.