This baby is fake, just FYI. (Screenshot/YouTube)

So full disclosure: I am not what you would call a baby expert. Still, you can’t fool me, Clint Eastwood. I totally know that the baby in “American Sniper” is not a real baby. And not just because the title of this now-blocked YouTube clip is “The fake baby from American Sniper.”

I’m not the only one who noticed, of course. According to the Hollywood Reporter, laughter broke out during at least one media screening when Little Baby Plastic appeared.

“The Baby In ‘American Sniper’ Is The Fakest Baby In Movie History” declared a BuzzFeed headline, accurately. (Though that “Twilight” baby was a really fake baby, too.) Hitfix calls it “a creepy robot baby,” which, again, is not wrong. “Laughably fake,” says Film School Rejects. Yup.

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So. Many. Bad. Reviews. How will this robot baby find work in Hollywood again? On the other hand, it did steal the scene, right? I definitely can’t remember what Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller were talking about, and I watched that clip like two minutes ago.

Here’s another look at the fake baby (or a fake baby, at least), this time from the film’s trailer. You can see it at around the 1:11 mark.

In "American Sniper," directed by Clint Eastwood and based on the autobiography of the name, Bradley Cooper plays U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, who is said to have had the most confirmed kills in U.S. military history. Kyle struggled with PTSD and was killed at a gun range by a fellow veteran in February 2013. (Warner Bros. UK)

Screenwriter Jason Hall tweeted about the issue back in late December, saying that the original baby appeared to be sick, and the backup baby wasn’t around. That tweet has since been deleted, but you can still find a cache, thanks to the magic of the Internet:


So! That explains it! Next time show up for work, real babies! Especially if Eastwood is directing.

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