You're a casting director who's got to find a newborn for a maternity ward scene. Your problem: California law says you can't use a kid on a shoot who's under 16 days of age--but your director thinks that's too old for authenticity. (Funny, that's what he said about most of the actresses you found). But hey, you didn't get to Hollywood by not being the most resourceful product of your hometown!

So, you hire a premature baby who's old enough to work but tiny enough to still look like a newbie.

Yes, this really happens, the Screen Actors Guild insists, although it can't offer specific examples. The union wants the state to change the law to measure the age of infant actors from what would have been their full-term birthdate. SAG worries that state codes prohibiting production companies from working infants too long (20 minutes at a time is the max) or exposing them to high-intensity lights aren't really enough to protect the delicate constitutions of preemies.

It's hard to imagine that parents would work a premature infant--then again, we've all seen Gypsy. "As long as you have parents who want their kids in the entertainment business, this will happen," says a SAG official.

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