10 Questions for Jason Reitman

The Juno director is earning Oscar buzz with his latest, Up in the Air. Jason Reitman will now take your questions

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Jason Reitman

The main characters of your films tend to be socially stigmatized: a tobacco lobbyist, a pregnant teen and a man who fires people for a living. What makes you work so hard to humanize these characters?

Luke Miller, TRUFANT, MICH.

To make a movie about a person victimized by Big Tobacco is kind of the easy way. Whereas a lobbyist for Big Tobacco in Thank You for Smoking or a pregnant teenage girl in Juno or Ryan Bingham in Up in the Air--a guy who not only fires people for a living but also has made a very politicized decision to...

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