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Sweet, Erasable You

What Jim Carrey and other stars would like to forget -- Find out what pop-culture phenomena Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood, and other ''Eternal Sunshine'' stars would like to wipe from their brains

Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, ... | FORGET-ME-NOT Winslet and Carrey try to erase heartbreak in ''Eternal Sunshine''
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FORGET-ME-NOT Winslet and Carrey try to erase heartbreak in ''Eternal Sunshine''

In ''Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,'' Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet are star-crossed lovers who, brokenhearted after breaking up, decide to have their memories of one another scientifically erased from their brains. Now that's some technology we'd like to see in real life, if only to wash ''Joe Millionaire 2'' out of our minds. Here's what the stars of the film (opening March 19) say they'd like to forget from the wide world of entertainment.

Q: What pop-culture phenomenon would you like to erase from your memory?

Jim Carrey ''Oh, gosh, now you want me to talk about Britney Spears or somebody like that. But I won't, because they're all creative. Let's erase drive-by shootings, how about that?''

Kirsten Dunst ''On TV, I'd erase all those disgusting commercials telling you to take pills where they say side effects are nausea and then rattle off a list of symptoms that goes on and on.''

Mark Ruffalo ''I'd erase commercials that are geared toward kids. We should wipe them out.''

Kate Winslet ''I don't really believe in the idea of that process. So there's nothing I would erase, no movie or song I would erase.''

Tom Wilkinson ''I don't like reality television much. Some of it is damnably compelling, but it's all crap. It's cheap television catering to the lowest common denominator. Things that are pitched above the level of your average 12-year-old are kind of rare.''

Elijah Wood ''I would love to do away with reality television. I can't believe that fad hasn't ended yet. It's weird. All bad memories and all bad experiences are what make us who we are and make us grow. But when it comes to reality TV, maybe not.''

Originally posted Mar 17, 2004