American Sniper had a hugely successful opening. Taking $90 million during its wide release.
It also, however, immediately drew ire from critics for rewriting history and from audiences for glorifying acts of violence against minorities and critics for scenes including one with an obviously-fake baby (example, at about 40 seconds in when Bradley Cooper uses his thumb to make it look as though the “baby’s” arm is moving).
According to reports, the scene with Sienna Miller and Bradley is so distracting that test audiences burst into laughter.
Grantland’s movie critic Mark Harris tweeted, “That plastic baby in American Sniper is going to be rationalized by [Clint] Eastwood auteur cultists until the end of days.” The film’s screenwriter and executive producer Jason Hall responded 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.”
USA Today add this clarification of why Clint Eastwood would use a fake baby in a scene: “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.” Here’s more from TODAY.