Reitman vs. Reitman

Saturday, December 05, 2009 - 08:00 AM

Considering who his father is, you might think Jason Reitman left the womb grasping a sound boom in his tiny hand.  Jason was still a toddler when dad Ivan Reitman was making Animal House (1978) and other classic comedies like Meatballs (1979) and Stripes (1981).  By the time Reitman hit his stride with Ghostbusters in 1984 the path to the director’s chair for young Jason might have seemed inevitable.

But Jason told Kurt Andersen that he was wary of following in his father’s footsteps. “I was terrified of becoming a director.”  In this piece of tape from the cutting room floor, Jason says he initially wanted to be a doctor, "a job that no one will ever question."  But his father thought otherwise.

Considering Jason’s talents, it seems he picked the right path.  And in honor of his father's legacy, here's an early gem from the Reitman catalogue: Bill Murray's screen debut in Meatballs.

Listen to Kurt Andersen’s full interview with Jason Reitman and writer Walter Kirn about their new movie Up in the Air:


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Comments [5]


That screen shot was a hoot! Looks like a good movie!
Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you!


Dec. 08 2009 01:34 AM

wow. nice article. thanks for sharing

Dec. 07 2009 04:11 PM

Looks good

Dec. 07 2009 01:29 PM

Jason Reitman is awsome. I cannot think of a movie that he has done which was not good.

Dec. 07 2009 11:01 AM
Pretty Project

I've never seen this movie and now I want to rent it. Fab actor!

Dec. 07 2009 10:03 AM

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