PAMPERED STARS

For their new film, "Raising Arizona," bros Joel and Ethan Coen wound up hiring 15 babies to represent the picture's quintuplets. The reason, according to Joel, is that "babies have about a 20-minute attention span and then they get cranky and you have to put in another child."

He figures one tot, described by his brother as "a human sand crab," got 90% of the screen time, often appearing to be several of the toddlers simultaneously. Nonetheless, a great deal of patience and film was expended for the scenes with the tykes.

"The biggest problem we encountered," said Joel, "turned out to be emotional. We had to fire one of them."

The offense: The baby learned to walk during filming.

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