>• Real-life folks who got the ax—not by George!—bare their souls in the film.

JOINING THE CAST

Air’s producers placed ads seeking recently fired people to tell their stories. “I thought I was filming a documentary,” says former auto-company staffer Arthur Hill (below right).

SHARING THEIR PAIN

“People realize that they are not alone when they see the film,” says Marlene Gorkiewicz (center), an ex-airline worker.

MEETING GEORGE CLOONEY

“We all went for cocktails,” says ex-engineering director Kevin Pilla (left). “He [thanked] us for participating. I thought, ‘Are you kidding—who wouldn’t?'”

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