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Peter Farrelly Fearing for the Worst with The Three Stooges

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June 22, 2009
Source: NY Mag

The Three Stooges

When the news broke last week that Sean Penn had decided to take a year off from acting, the project that ended up getting the most flack around the web was the Farrelly Brother's new Three Stooges movie. Penn was attached to play Larry, along with Jim Carrey as Curly, and Benicio Del Toro as Moe. Over on HitFix, they were promptly told that the Three Stooges movie was still a "go" even without Penn. Although at a recent roundtable appearance (via NY Mag), co-director Peter Farrelly didn't sound so confident when asked about the movie. "I'm fearing a domino effect now," he admitted. Is there any hope for this?

Farrelly didn't say much else about its status besides just that, but did confirm that it won't be a biopic. "It will be three half-hour episodes rolled into an hour-and-a-half movie," he said. "Each part picks up where the other one left off. They look the same, talk the same and act the same, but it takes place in the present, and we wrote new material." A friend of mine had the chance to read a script recently and told me it was terrible - and he is even a fan of the Stooges. Maybe this "domino effect" could be a good thing - the first nail in its inevitable coffin. Maybe it's for the best that we never see a modern day Three Stooges movie.

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Reader Feedback - 18 Comments

1

LOL rem this when I was a kid, used to watch it on TV well funny. I think apart from Jim Carrey the other two are a no no. How about: Jim Carrey, Will Ferrel, Jack Black/Sacha Baron Cohen What you say guys???

Fearl3ss on Jun 22, 2009

2

The cast is somewhat not what you would expect, but I was actually okay with Del Toro just not too sure about his accent. Penn was a good choice but replacable, and Carrey was perfect. So I hope they figure it out!

xerxex on Jun 22, 2009

3

I have to agree with Xerxex about the unlikely cast. No offense to Del Toro, but I just can't see him as Moe. But knowing Toro, he would make it work. It would be a very interesting movie with that cast. I might even go as far to say casting genius. Like Michael Keaton as Batman or Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor or Dolph Lundren as He-Man (okay okay...scratch that last one) Love the Stooges but I don't know, this is a wait and see before I get my hopes up.

Tether on Jun 22, 2009

4

after seeing year one i think jack black would be perfect for this movie hahaha

zach on Jun 22, 2009

5

To #1, 2 an 3 You've never watched a Farrelly brothers movie before have you? lol ^^ ie. Stuck on you

LW on Jun 22, 2009

6

lol full retard. "never go full retard..."

lego on Jun 22, 2009

7

to #6 I'm sure if anyone could make a Stooges movie work it would be the Farrelly bros. The Stooges pioneered a genre of comedy that people like the Farrelly bros are now making. My reservations are with some of the casting. Jim Carey seems like a safe bet while Del Toro and Penn are a little left field when it comes to slapstick comedy. I'd be interested to see how that cast portrays the stooges, but it's as odd a line up as would be people like William H. Macy, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Andy Garcia (I'll leave the respective roles up to you)

Tether on Jun 22, 2009

8

#5 rather

Tether on Jun 22, 2009

9

How about, Shia Lebouf, Keanu Reeves, and Nick Cage.

I have anxiety on Jun 22, 2009

10

To replace Penn they should get Will Arnett. Arrested Development fans know what I'm talkin about

Rorschach90 on Jun 22, 2009

11

big talent there for sure but I just dont see it happening....

moldybread on Jun 22, 2009

12

This movie has always sounded like a terrible idea. Maybe the studio is waking up to that?

parker on Jun 22, 2009

13

There is no need for this movie...please scrap it completely.

Kevin on Jun 22, 2009

14

yea i think carrey could be good but del toro and penn wouldve been a disaster, but no will ferrel...what do you think of ben stiller

harrison on Jun 22, 2009

15

#10 I was thinking the same thing.

Cody on Jun 23, 2009

16

They need to put this movie into turnaround asap.

snickers on Jun 24, 2009

17

does no one remember the stooges! i think Del Toro would be perfect as Moe remeber he wasnt suppose to be that funny he plays a pissed off little man always smaking the other 2 brothers .And as for Penn, well he does look like Larry remember especially with a fro, remember Carlitos Way. Personally i think this could work, afterall these are very talented actors just stretching their talents.

Shelby on Jun 26, 2009

18

does no one remember the 3 stooges! i think Del Toro would be perfect as Moe remeber he wasnt suppose to be that funny he plays a pissed off little man always smaking the other 2 brothers .And as for Penn, well he does look like Larry remember especially with a fro, remember Carlitos Way. Personally i think this could work, afterall these are very talented actors just stretching their talents.

Shelby on Jun 26, 2009

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