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Penn, Del Toro & Carrey Are The Stooges
For the new Farrelly Bros. comedy

26 March 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  

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Well, it’s official. After a casting process so long and involved that we heard the BBC were in talks to turn it into a 10-part series with Graham Norton hosting, the Farrelly Brothers have finally, finally, finally found their Three Stooges: Jim Carrey, Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro.

Let’s put it another way: Jim Carrey, two-time Oscar winner Sean Penn, and Oscar winner, Benicio Del Toro will be playing, respectively, Curly, Larry and Moe in the Farrellys’ revamp of the much-loved Stooges franchise.

Wow. Just… wow. That was not what we were expecting. But we have to say, paraphrasing Danny DeVito in another Carrey flick, Man On The Moon, that the casting choices may be insane… but they might also be brilliant.

Consider the evidence: Carrey, of course, has worked with Peter and Bobby Farrelly before, on their wonderful debut, Dumb & Dumber, and the much-maligned, although often hilarious, Me, Myself & Irene. The trio know each other’s styles inside out, back to front, up and down, and any which way but loose. At his best, Carrey’s comedy has an anarchic, dangerous edge to it, just perfect for the Stooges and their brand of angry slapstick.

Carrey will apparently gain 40 pounds for the role (in real life, Curly Howard – who didn’t actually have curly hair; that was Larry – suffered a stroke in 1946 as a result of his unhealthy lifestyle), in an act of De Niro-esque commitment. Impressive.

Penn, who has already worn Larry's hairstyle once before, when he rocked a perm as Dave Klein in Carlito’s Way, may have gained a reputation as something of a sourpuss who only shows up in worthy projects or wrist-slitting dramas, but he started his career with a brilliant, iconic comedic turn as Spicoli in Fast Times At Ridgemont High. And, since his second Oscar win for Milk back in February, he’s shown signs that he wants to lighten his image. This is definitely a step in the right direction.

As for Del Toro, who will play the bowl-haired Moe, he can be a riot in the right role, be it Fenster in The Usual Suspects, Jackie Boy in Sin City, or Frankie Four Fingers in Snatch. We can’t wait to see the chemistry that the much-vaunted (and, surely, pretty damned expensive) trio will conjure up. We’re guessing that, after over a decade spent on trying to make this movie, the Farrellys are pretty keen on finding out as well.

The Farrellys wrote the script for the movie, which will be an original Stooges adventure, and not a biopic, as some had suggested. It’ll be interesting to see how they reinterpret the Stooges’ antics for a modern audience and, indeed, how they flesh out the movie (most of the Stooges’ screen adventures were short films).

MGM is the studio behind the project, which will begin filming later in the autumn, ready for a release sometime in 2010.
 


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eh!
is this an early april fool prank!!!!!!!!!! More

Posted by omegaman1 at 09:25 on 30 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Not a stooges fan and this kinda sounds rubbish but...
L: shanewire It must be an great script to have got those three on board and, perhaps more tellingly, for the studio to be paying for the three of them. This'll be very interesting ore like, these actors loved them growing up and would have signed no matter what the script. I saw a five minute clip of the Stooges over at Latino Review and got tired of it after about 30 seconds. Think Bottom, stretched to feature-length (hey didn't they already try this with Hotel Paradiso? Hmmm.) More

Posted by Isabelle_M at 00:27 on 27 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: OMG!!!
Awesome casting, but while I enjoyed watching the Stooges short films, I'm not sure about a full length feature film, theres only so much eye popping and yuk-yuk-yukking a person can take. More

Posted by Indio at 23:11 on 26 March 2009 | Report This Post

OMG!!!
This is going to be comedy gold. Anybody who say's different, well, you're just in denial! More

Posted by DeathMag84 at 16:41 on 26 March 2009 | Report This Post

Not a stooges fan and this kinda sounds rubbish but...
It must be an great script to have got those three on board and, perhaps more tellingly, for the studio to be paying for the three of them. This'll be very interesting More

Posted by shanewire at 11:35 on 26 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Penn, Del Toro & Carrey Are The Stooges
Now there's one straight from left-field! Sound like some interesting choices!   I've always liked Jim Carrey and thought that his turn in Man on the Moon was quite heartfelt and impressive although not altogether challenging for him, and i figure The Three Stooges will be pretty much the same deal for him! As for Del Toro and Penn,....i'm genuinely looking forward to seeing them both in their respective roles. Del Toro is a belter of an actor, but i can't recall him ever bein More

Posted by lukeyboy at 11:18 on 26 March 2009 | Report This Post

Huh?
Comedy-good. People doing that whole Method thing-good. Carrey doing that whole comedy-method thing-bad (Man on the Moon) More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 08:53 on 26 March 2009 | Report This Post

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