Earlier this year, an American Sniper scene caused a stir for a rather bizarre reason, and it had nothing to do with the hard-hitting themes of the Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated blockbuster.
Without any further hesitation, take a look at the scene in question:
Following the movie's release, it was this exact sequence that caused uproar amongst audiences all over the world. And why? Well, it's all down to Eastwood's use of a fake baby instead of a real one.
And finally, American Sniper's leading man has voiced his own opinion about the experience of having to act out a serious scene while holding a plastic doll.
"I literally couldn't believe it"
Speaking to Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show, Bradley Cooper addressed the use of the fake baby, calling it "nuts" as he laughed out loud.
“I literally couldn’t believe it. Like I couldn’t believe we were working with the plastic baby.”
Since the movie's release, screenwriter Jason Hall has attempted to remedy the controversy surrounding the baby, explaining the reasoning behind the choice to go full-on plastic. Apparently, as the story goes, the real baby showed up with a high fever and the second just didn't make an appearance at all. To save money, director Eastwood brought in a doll much to Cooper's astonishment!
"Eat your heart out Muppets!"
And the best part of the story was still to come, as the actor recalled how, in efforts to make the baby actually appear life-like, he used his thumb to move its arm!
Jokingly, he added how that action alone probably saved the production team about $100,000 in CGI effects. And before switching the topic of conversation, he revealed how he even formed a rather close bond with the inanimate object, saying:
"I have to say, I grew to be very fond of that [doll]. I fell in love with that plastic thing."
Oh, Bradley, you joker, you!
Watch the hilarious full interview on Ellen below: