"If you're going to make a movie about a guy who fires people for a living, and you still want to like him, that actor has to be damn well charming. I don't think there's a more charming actor alive than George Clooney."

So says Jason Reitman about his new feature Up In The Air. It has a similar comedic flavour to his previous films, but balances the schmaltz of Juno with the satirical edge of Thank You For Smoking. Reitman wrote the role of Ryan Bingham specifically for George Clooney. In order to make sure he had his desired actor on board he spent two days at Clooney's Italian home playing basketball.