‘American Sniper’ writer explains why Clint Eastwood used ‘creepy’ fake plastic baby

Plastic doll from Eastwood's hit film has been branded 'weird' and 'creepy' by cinema-goers

The writer of American Sniper has explained why director Clint Eastwood used a plastic doll in what has become the film’s most infamous scene.

In the scene, Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, who play married couple Chris and Taya Kyle, are seen cradling a baby that is obviously fake. Since the film opened on Friday (January 16), the fake baby has been mocked mercilessly on Twitter with many film-goers calling it “weird” and “creepy”.

In a tweet that has since been deleted, screenwriter Jason Hall revealed that the unpopular doll was a last minute substitute for a real-life baby that fell ill. “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,” Hall wrote.

American Sniper will compete for six prizes at next month’s Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Cooper and Best Adapted Screenplay for Hall. Read NME’s review here.

The film, which is based on Chris Kyle’s autobiography American Sniper: The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In US Military History, has been a box office smash in the US, where it enjoyed the biggest opening weekend of Eastwood’s career.