Jim Carrey

03/16/2004 AT 03:01 PM EST

Even with the help of a mind-erasing machine, it's tough to imagine anyone forgetting Jim Carrey. The prolific funnyman, who has bounded across the big screen in both comedies (Dumb and Dumber) and dramas (The Truman Show,) is back once again, this time in the memory-loss romance Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Carrey, 42, plays a man who wants to erase the bad memories of his girlfriend. In real life, Carrey has had his own share of public breakups (including a divorce from actress Lauren Holly), and he recently chatted with reporters about love, loss and making the best of it.

People are making a distinction between the goofy Jim Carrey and the dramatic Jim Carrey.
It's a Jekyll and Hyde situation, let's face it.

When you pick movies to work on, do you think much about whether they are comedies or dramas?
No, they come as they come, and when something like this comes by, you just jump on and that's all there is to it.

The idea of erasing someone from your brain is rather appealing, isn't it?
Of course, especially when you're going through something and you think, I don't need this. But in retrospect, it always seems to work out that you can look back on something that was a disaster and find some gems in there.

How'd you get involved with Sunshine?
I don't remember, honestly. It's one of those things where you sit back and read the script and I had this guilty feeling of, How did I get this one and The Truman Show, man? Great.

What was it like playing opposite a three-time Oscar nominee, Kate Winslet?
Well, I get excited when the people that I work with scare me. I mean, she's just scary talented and an amazing actress, but I get excited when I'm going to be surrounded by people who make me better and make me stay on my game and challenge me.

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