Fake baby steals the scene in ‘American Sniper’

Posted at 10:56 AM, Jan 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-21 10:56:03-05

It’s hard to resist sniping at “American Sniper” once you notice what’s wrong in one of the scenes.

Moviegoers weren’t fooled by the obvious fake baby doll used by Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller in a particularly serious scene.

The actors did their best to make it look convincing, but they weren’t fooling anyone.

The filmmakers reportedly did try and use a real baby, but things went amiss. In a since-deleted tweet, screenwriter Jason Hall said, “Hate to ruin the fun, but real baby #1 showed up with a fever. Real baby #2 was no show.”

But why would director Clint Eastwood settle for a fake?

“Eastwood shoots so fast and is notorious for one or two takes; then you move on. I’m guessing the baby was the last thing he cared about in that scene,” said film critic Drew McWeeny.