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CLOONEY SAYS ‘STUFF YOUR WIFE IN A BACKPACK’

By / 09.09.09

I posted the first clip earlier, and now Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air has a trailer.  We see cameos from Zach Galifianakis, Danny “I’m in every movie now” McBride, and Jason Bateman, all of it set to a George Clooney voiceover that seems really deep, but it’s probably just the piano music.

“How much does your life weigh? Imagine for a second that you’re carrying a backpack.  Now, I want you to pack it with all the stuff you have in your life.  You start with the little things: the shelves and drawers and nicknacks. Then you start adding larger stuff: clothes, tabletop appliances, lamps, your TV… Your backpack should be getting pretty heavy now.  You go bigger.  Your couch, your car, your home.  I want you to stuff it all into that backpack.  Now, I want you to fill it with people.  Start with casual acquaintances, friends of friends, folks around the office.  Then you move into the people that you trust with your most intimate secrets.  Brothers, your sisters, your parents, your children.  And finally your husband, your wife, your boyfriend, your girlfriend.  You get them into that backpack.  Feel the weight of that bag.  Make no mistake, your relationships are the heaviest components of your life.  All those negotiations and arguments and secrets and compromises.  The slower we move, the faster we die.  Make no mistake, moving is living.  Some animals were meant to carry each other, to live symbiotically over a lifetime: star-crossed lovers, monogamous swans.  We. Are. Not. Swans.  We’re sharks.”

I bet the hardest part of this for Jason Reitman was figuring out how to pitch such a philosophical concept to a bunch of movie execs.  But then one day he had an epiphany: “GEORGE CLOONEY… has a backpack… full of SHARKS.”

Pictured: The best JanSport ad ever. 


TAGSgeorge clooneyJASON REITMANSHARK BACKPACKSHARKSUP IN THE AIRZach Galifianakis

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