The Character Kate Winslet Totally Wishes She Could Play Again

clementine in eternal sunshine of the spotless mind

Kate Winslet has played a lot of memorable movie characters over the years, so it comes as no huge surprise that she recently revealed she would like to revisit one of those gigs. The answer is not Titanic's Rose or Steve Jobs' Joana. It's not her character in Finding Neverland, or The Reader (for obvious reasons). It's not The Holiday's Iris. The character Kate Winslet would most like to revisit is none other than Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind's Clementine. She recently said that it's the hair that really seals the deal for her, noting at the New York Film Festival,

Actually, she's one I'd love to play again because it was just so much fun. And the possibilities for the hair colors were just endless.

Clementine is an usual movie character, just as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is an unusual movie. She's a free spirit with funky clothes and, as noted above, ever-changing hair color. She's spontaneous and emotional, and she's seen through the lens of the movie's other lead, Joel, for most of the movie. So we're never sure what's being projected on to her personality and what is really the real Clem.

Personally, I'd love to know more about Clementine Kruczynski and what happened to her after the events in Eternal Sunshine and the Spotless Mind. Other than the hair color, Kate Winslet also said at the New York Film Festival (via EW) that there is one specific reason she wants to catch up with Clementine: She wants to know what Clementine would be up to now that she would be in her forties. (The original movie came out in 2005.) She said:

Wouldn't you like to see Clementine as a 42-year-old woman? I'd love to know what happened to her. I love the idea that she just let herself get really fat and just totally let go of her hangups about her body and just indulged in everything that made her feel happy. And more hair colors and more crazy clothes! I just think that could've been fun.

Winslet also said during the lengthy talk that she hardly ever revisits the movies that she performs in. Regardless, in the case of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, it seems that not only would she revisit the movie, she'd be willing to revisit the character. Obviously, there's no sequel getting off the ground, but we'd be remiss if we didn't note that at one point there was an Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind TV series in the works. It's not the same thing, but for fans of the original Michael Gondry film, perhaps it would be close enough.

You can next catch Kate Winslet currently in The Mountain Between Us or in Woody Allen's Wonder Wheel, which hits theaters on November 30. To find out what else is heading to theaters in the near future, take a look at our full movies schedule.

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