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Watch George Clooney's Space Suited Up In The Air Deleted Scene

Up in the Air was my favorite movie of the year and even though it lost to The Hurt Locker last night, I’m fine with that. Anything but A Serious Man. Still, you have to wonder what else the movie might have done to curry favor with Oscar voters. Maybe if they’d put George Clooney in a space suit? Wait a minute, they did!

The following clip contains a scene shot for Up in the Air but never used. The kids are calling it a “deleted scene”. In it, George Clooney is depicted making his way through the airports and hotels which comprise Ryan Bingam’s life in a full, moon-ready, oxygen tanked, space suit. The idea here was, I’m sure, to depict how disconnected Ryan is from his life and everything around him by using an obvious metaphor. It’s actually a really well-done scene and while I think removing it from Up in the Air was definitely a good decision, director Jason Reitman does a brilliant job of making a rather unsubtle idea more subtle and nuanced than you’d expect . Check it out: