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.
BRADLEY: I worked out 4 hours a day for months to realistically depict a Navy SEAL CLINT: here is a plastic dead baby
— Seth Abramovitch (@SethAbramovitch) January 20, 2015
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.
If you haven't seen American Sniper yet, be sure to pay attention to their glorious newborn baby girl. It didn't move an inch, so talented
— Amirose Eisenbach (@Amirosie) January 17, 2015
Will someone who put "American Sniper" on a Top 10 list please explain the use of plastic dolls instead of human babies. A Brechtian thing?
— Shawn Levy (@shawnlevy) December 20, 2014
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.
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.