In Tootsie, they have a scene where the baby keeps turning it's head away as a spoon is brought close to it's mouth. Usually the only role for a baby in a movie is crying but this seems more complex so I don't know how it was done. Can someone suggest any ideas?

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    Maybe they hired a kid which do that normally...!
    – Ankit Sharma
    Jan 20, 2015 at 5:26
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    Probably off camera sweets or shinies.
    – user5603
    Mar 11, 2015 at 9:46
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    Put food on the spoon that the baby doesn't like... try to feed it when it's not hungry... Any number of possibilities.
    – Catija
    May 31, 2016 at 17:13

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Hoffman successfully fed the baby at least once, per the publicity still below, apparently from deleted/unused footage.

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Since the baby refusing food wasn't in the screenplay which just says...

Dorothy feeding Amy applesauce (they are both covered with it). Amy still cries.

...we can reasonably assume that they just filmed him feeding the young 'un for a half-hour or so, then used the best footage, which included the head-turning. It doesn't take much for a baby to become distracted by the bright lights and film crew.

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