History Trivia / EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind

1st May '16 5:09:59 PM eroock
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** The striking kitchen scene with Joel as a child was created with an elaborate forced perspective set-up similar to some used by Peter Jackson in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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** The striking kitchen scene with Joel as a child was created with an elaborate forced perspective ForcedPerspective set-up similar to some used by Peter Jackson in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
1st May '16 5:07:09 PM eroock
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** When Stan scares Mary, Mark Ruffalo was instructed to hide in a different place each take to actually scare her.

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** When Stan scares Mary, Mark Ruffalo Creator/MarkRuffalo was instructed to hide in a different place each take to actually scare her.



* {{Improv}}: Despite the fact that Creator/CharlieKaufman's script and Creator/MichelGondry's visual concepts were closely followed, the actors were allowed many chances to improvise. Creator/ElijahWood and Creator/MarkRuffalo improvised extensively, and much of the dialogue between Creator/JimCarrey and Creator/KateWinslet resulted from videotaped rehearsal sessions, during which the two actors became close by sharing tales of their real-life relationships and heartbreaks.



* PracticalEffects: Virtually all of the most bizarre and fascinating scenes in this movie were created with old fashioned camera, editing, lighting and prop/set tricks. The use of digital effects was very limited.
** The striking kitchen scene with Joel as a child was created with an elaborate forced perspective set-up similar to some used by Peter Jackson in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
** The rising water in the beach house was created by building a house by the beach and waiting for the tide to come in.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: While filming in downtown Manhattan, they heard that there was a circus parade going on outside. Gondry grabbed a portable camera, and got some footage of Carrey and Winslet messing around in the crowd completely anonymous due to it being night time and since the actors were wearing winter gear. The result is one of the happier memories in the movie.



** A scene length one. While filming in downtown Manhattan, they heard that there was a circus parade going on outside. Gondry grabbed a portable camera, and got some footage of Carrey and Winslet messing around in the crowd completely anonymous due to it being night time and since the actors were wearing winter gear. The result is one of the happier memories in the movie.



** The voice whispering "Mantauk" is a combination of Kate Winslet's voice and an editor working at Focus Features. The woman was asked to do a quick voice over before Kate Winslet arrived, and they left it in.

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** The voice whispering "Mantauk" "Montauk" is a combination of Kate Winslet's voice and an editor working at Focus Features. The woman was asked to do a quick voice over before Kate Winslet arrived, and they left it in.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Besides Mary's deleted subplot and the additional ending mentioned below, there was to be a montage of people who wanted their memories erased - a soldier seeing his dead friend on the battlefield and a girl who had been raped at a young age.
* WordOfGod: [[spoiler: In an alternative script there's an extra ending, where an older Clem goes back to Lacuna to erase Joel again, and an older Mary reveals to her that [[ViciousCycle Clem and Joel have been erasing and re-erasing each other for years, always ending up back together]].]]

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Besides Mary's WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** An early draft of the script began with an old woman — later revealed to be Mary — trying to publish a manuscript called Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, implied to be a tell - all about Lacuna. At the end of the screenplay, we discover that Mary is still working for Howard (who’s very, very old), and that Clementine has had Joel erased from her memory at least 15 times over the decades.
** Joel makes several references to his ex, Naomi, the one he was living with when he met Clementine. He even considers getting back together with her. We never see her in the finished movie, but the character was in a few scenes in the original version (including a post-breakup hook-up). And her voice, is heard over the phone in a
deleted subplot and the additional ending mentioned below, there scene.
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was to be a montage of people who wanted their memories erased - a soldier seeing his dead friend on the battlefield and a girl who had been raped at a young age.
* WordOfGod: [[spoiler: In an alternative script there's an extra ending, where an older Clem goes back to Lacuna to erase Joel again, and an older Mary reveals to her that [[ViciousCycle Clem and Joel have been erasing and re-erasing each other for years, always ending up back together]].]]
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21st Apr '16 11:59:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy Mary Jane]] loves [[Film/TheAvengers2012 The Hulk]]? [[spoiler:But she actually loves [[Film/BatmanBegins Carmine Falcone]], yeah, you can get your Brain Bleach now.]]
** [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Frodo]] is trying to steal [[Film/BatmanForever Riddler's]] girlfriend with his own words!
20th Feb '16 6:04:15 PM fearlessnikki
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* DeletedRole: Ellen Pompeo initially appeared in the film as Joel's ex girlfriend Naomi, who is only mentioned in the final cut. A subplot would have had Joel having a one night stand with her.



* EnforcedMethodActing:
** When Stan scares Mary, Mark Ruffalo was instructed to hide in a different place each take to actually scare her.
** Clementine punches Joel in the train scene. Kate Winslet actually hit Jim Carey, and his reaction is real.



* MisaimedMarketing: The Italian release had a misleading title - translating as "If you leave me, I deleted you" - and many Italians went into the movie expecting a comedy.



* ThrowItIn: A scene length one. While filming in downtown Manhattan, they heard that there was a circus parade going on outside. Gondry grabbed a portable camera, and got some footage of Carrey and Winslet messing around in the crowd completely anonymous due to it being night time and since the actors were wearing winter gear. The result is one of the happier memories in the movie.

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* ThrowItIn: ThrowItIn:
**
A scene length one. While filming in downtown Manhattan, they heard that there was a circus parade going on outside. Gondry grabbed a portable camera, and got some footage of Carrey and Winslet messing around in the crowd completely anonymous due to it being night time and since the actors were wearing winter gear. The result is one of the happier memories in the movie.movie.
** Stan and Mary dancing over the unconscious Joel in their underwear was improvised.
** The voice whispering "Mantauk" is a combination of Kate Winslet's voice and an editor working at Focus Features. The woman was asked to do a quick voice over before Kate Winslet arrived, and they left it in.
* ViralMarketing: A website for Lacuna Inc. was created to promote the film. It contained a link to watch Joel experience the procedure, which would link to the movie's official website.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Besides Mary's deleted subplot and the additional ending mentioned below, there was to be a montage of people who wanted their memories erased - a soldier seeing his dead friend on the battlefield and a girl who had been raped at a young age.
19th Nov '15 12:24:31 AM erforce
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** [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy Mary Jane]] loves [[Film/TheAvengers The Hulk]]? [[spoiler:But she actually loves [[Film/BatmanBegins Carmine Falcone]], yeah, you can get your Brain Bleach now.]]
** [[Film/LordOfTheRings Frodo]] is trying to steal [[Film/BatmanForever Riddler's]] girlfriend with his own words!

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** [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy Mary Jane]] loves [[Film/TheAvengers [[Film/TheAvengers2012 The Hulk]]? [[spoiler:But she actually loves [[Film/BatmanBegins Carmine Falcone]], yeah, you can get your Brain Bleach now.]]
** [[Film/LordOfTheRings [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Frodo]] is trying to steal [[Film/BatmanForever Riddler's]] girlfriend with his own words!
6th Sep '15 7:37:25 PM Adept
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** From the supporting roles, ElijahWood plays a shallow douchebag.

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** From the supporting roles, ElijahWood Creator/ElijahWood plays a shallow douchebag.
31st Dec '14 10:43:50 PM nombretomado
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* AdvertisedExtra: KirstenDunst is in way less of the film than the marketing campaign made it out to be.

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* AdvertisedExtra: KirstenDunst Creator/KirstenDunst is in way less of the film than the marketing campaign made it out to be.
30th Dec '14 4:16:56 AM StFan
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** [[Film/SpiderMan Mary Jane]] loves [[Film/TheAvengers The Hulk]]? [[spoiler:But she actually loves [[Film/BatmanBegins Carmine Falcone]], yeah, you can get your Brain Bleach now.]]

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** [[Film/SpiderMan [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy Mary Jane]] loves [[Film/TheAvengers The Hulk]]? [[spoiler:But she actually loves [[Film/BatmanBegins Carmine Falcone]], yeah, you can get your Brain Bleach now.]]
23rd Aug '14 8:57:32 AM Austin
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* ShoutOut:
** The film's title is a quote from Alexander Pope's "Eloisa to Abelard", a passage from which Mary recites to Howard.
** Mary also quotes Creator/FriedrichNietzsche at one point.
14th Jul '14 3:12:22 AM Bagpiper
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* FakeAmerican: Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson (both British) and Jim Carrey (Canadian).

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* FakeAmerican: Kate Winslet, Winslet and Tom Wilkinson (both British) and Jim Carrey (Canadian).are both British actors playing New Yorkers.
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