#FakeBaby Is ‘American Sniper’’s Latest Controversy

The latest controversy surrounding the movie is its use of a prop baby.

— -- People are talking about “American Sniper.”

Now, fans are panning the picture for its apparent use of a prop doll as a stand-in for a real newborn. With a budget of $23 million, the Clint Eastwood-directed movie is drawing criticism for not using an actual baby.

In the scene, Miller hands the baby to Cooper. For one minute and 13 seconds, Cooper pats and cuddles the prop child before gently putting it in a crib.

“People are so used to everything looking so realistic in movies these days, you don’t expect to see a prop doll,” Aaron Couch, editor at The Hollywood Reporter, told ABC News. “It’s jarring.”

“American Sniper” screenwriter Jason Hall has explained the use of the prop baby, writing: "real baby #1 showed up with a fever. Real baby #2 was no show. (Clint voice) Gimme the doll, kid." The tweet has since been deleted.

The prop problem isn’t unique to this film. Eagle-eyed fans have caught plenty of missteps in popular films and TV shows.

  • In the iconic “Pulp Fiction,” characters escape gunfire. Fans of the 1994 film who looked more closely saw that there were bullet holes in the walls even before any shots were fired.
  • In a scene from the film “Gladiator” -- a historical drama which follows the life of a slave in ancient Rome -- when a chariot overturns in the Colosseum, a gas cylinder can be seen in the chariot.
  • A promotional photo for season 5 of “Downton Abbey” unleashed an uproar when fans of the 1920s period drama spotted a plastic water bottle on the mantle behind the hit show’s characters.
  • Rogen tweeted that Rogen wrote that "American Sniper" reminded him of a scene about Nazi propaganda in the film "Inglourious Basterds,” while Moore tweeted: “My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren't heroes. And invaders r worse."