Those MLB fans creeping you out smiling behind home plate? It was all a movie marketing ploy – For The Win

You may have seen some creepy smiling fans behind home plate at some recent Major League Baseball games … ones who don’t seem to move and won’t stop smiling for a while.
Some of those fans went viral recently, and now we know the reason why: They’re part of a movie promotion.
The horror movie Smile — starring Sosie Bacon and Jessie T. Usher and directed and written by Parker Finn — came out, and it turns out that was some very viral marketing for the flick.
Seriously. All that creeping us out was to promote a movie. Well played, Smile marketers. Let’s take a look back:
blue shirt hasnt moved for 40 mins
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) September 24, 2022

The absolute balls on this security guard to confront a literal demon
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) September 24, 2022

Uh, welcome to Oakland?
— SNY (@SNYtv) September 24, 2022

I’m really trying to relax at this ball game, but I feel like I’m an extra in a horror movie.
— Jayne (@Jayne) September 24, 2022

From Sports Illustrated:
If you were watching a baseball game last night, you might’ve noticed someone behind home plate who couldn’t stop smiling in a very creepy fashion. As it turns out, that was not a coincidence.
The two fans who attended the Red Sox-Yankees, Mets-Athletics and Cardinals-Dodgers games on Friday night were actors promoting Smile, a horror movie that apparently features villains with a bunch of very creepy smiles.
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It’s … very similar.
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