American Sniper’s Fake Baby Scene With Bradley Cooper Mocked by Critics, Viewers

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Moviegoers and critics alike are buzzing over the use of a fake baby in Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller 

Moviegoers are buzzing over American Sniper, but not just because of its six Oscar nominations, record-breaking box office sales, and Bradley Cooper‘s acclaimed performance as the late Chris Kyle. No, the thing that has everyone talking — or, rather, joking — is the fake baby that fills in as Cooper’s on-screen child with his movie wife, Sienna Miller.

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The obviously inanimate doll makes at least one very glaring appearance in the film, in a scene in which both Cooper and Miller cradle the child in the nursery. It’s an emotional interaction, but critics and viewers alike have mocked the scene for its use of a plastic baby.

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“I couldn’t tell you much about their conversation, but that’s because I get so distracted by the baby, which is obviously a dummy that has mechanics to work the hands and to move the head,” Hitfix writer Drew McWeeny noted of the scene.

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Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller in “American Sniper” Warner Bros.

Added the UK’s Sunday Times critic: “I have never seen so many terrible fake babies in one film.”

Moviegoers poked fun at the doll, too, with some joking that the fake baby was the real star of the Clint Eastwood-directed film, which racked up an estimated $90.2 million on its opening weekend.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter/executive producer Jason Hall offered an explanation for the fake baby in a since-deleted tweet this past December. In response to journalist Mark Harris, he wrote, “hate to ruin the fun but real baby #1 showed up with a fever. Real baby #2 was no show. (Clint voice) Gimme the doll, kid.”

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