Bradley Cooper has admitted the American Sniper plastic baby looked bad.
Bradley appeared on The Ellen Show where he talked about filming with a doll.
Previously USA Today explained the plastic baby by saying “film professionals know that Eastwood likes to move fast on movie sets and recognize that he took the easy and less expensive route of using a fake baby.”
American Sniper screenwriter/ executive producer Jason Hall added on Twitter: “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.”
In short: there was a real baby (two, actually) scheduled to film. They were no longer available to film. Director Clint Eastwood used a doll to avoid further cost and delay.
Here’s what Bradley told Ellen DeGeneres this week.
“I couldn’t believe that we were working with a plastic baby. I was like, ‘This is nuts.’ …
‘I’m gonna save you all, like, $100,000 [in special effects costs] – and I just started doing this [motions thumb up and down as if wiggling the fake baby’s arm].’ Eat your heart out, Muppets. I fell in love with that plastic thing.”