Rumor: Johnny Depp and Sean Penn as Stooges?!

February 4, 2009
Source: Just Jared

Rumor: Johnny Depp and Sean Penn as Stooges?!

Please don't tell me this is true! According to the shoddy celebrity gossip mag In Touch (via Just Jared), the Farrelly Brothers want Johnny Depp and Sean Penn as Moe and Larry, respectively, in their Three Stooges movie. As huge as that would be, that news just sounds a bit too good to be true. Or maybe it's too bad to be true. I already think the whole Three Stooges movie is a terrible idea to begin with, and putting two big name actors like that in it is only going to make it worse, not better! I almost didn't run this because it was such a rough rumor, but I was convinced that there is a legitimate discussion worth having.

What I want to discuss is not whether those two could fit the role, but instead, whether big name actors like this could even work. Obviously back in the 1930s when the original Stooges first showed up, they were recognized more for being the Three Stooges than themselves. Now we're in a time where it's all about star power. We reported originally that the Farrelly Brothers would conduct an "American Idol"-like search to find Curly. If that's still the case, and they get a nobody to play Curly, and put them up against Johnny Depp and Sean Penn, I'm just not sure we're going to get that perfect chemistry. What do you think?

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Reader Feedback - 25 Comments


Will it be like a 2 hour episode of the Three Stooges, or a biopic about the actors who played them? I only see a Three Stooges movie with these actors working out if it's a biopic, but there have already been several biopics regarding the Three Stooges - we don't need another one.

Zso on Feb 4, 2009


Gosh! This movie shouldn´t even exist. And I don´t think these two great actors are going to risk their best moment in Hollywood to take such a dangerous risk. The last Farrelly Brothers´ movies were a huge disappointment.

Bruno on Feb 4, 2009


I agree i think it would make more sense as a biopic. However i think that it would be really interesting if we saw these actors return to some comedy instead of taking themselves too seriously. I mean Penn was the best part of fast times at ridgemont high and i would be really interested to see him in a humorous role not. and johhny depp obviously has a sense of humor and i think these two could really make a non biopic work! any one else agree?

skamps on Feb 4, 2009


The Three Stooges were never about the individual actors; it was always about the chemistry of the group as a whole. I think having big name actors would take away from the group and focus more on the individual.

Jordan on Feb 4, 2009


I can't see them playing two of the Three Stooges....however, I CAN see them playing Moe Howard and Larry Fine in a documentary-style drama about the actors, a la "Chaplin." I think a behind-the-scenes look at the Stooges would be far more interesting than a remake of the slapstick comedy they performed.

Thea on Feb 4, 2009


Sorry but they've already said they are going for a complete remake and everything. No biopic, no drama, nothing, it's 100% Three Stooges in 2009. And I just heard that apparently Benicio Del Toro is supposedly in the running as Moe, not Johnny Depp. What the heck...

Alex Billington on Feb 4, 2009


A biopic might be alright, if it was really, really well done. But it's the Farrelly Brothers, give me a break !!!!! For them to do this would be career suicide !!! I know I for one think it is a TERRIBLE idea !! I can't think of any reason anyone will be interested in the 3 Stooges right now, even if they are played by great actors. Stupid idea !!

Robert on Feb 4, 2009


Fuckin dumb. Not feelin it. Sorry Depp, Penn is light years above you.

Clamson on Feb 4, 2009


I just read the comment from #6... and if that's correct, that they are going for a full remake, the idea is even more STUPID than I originally thought. You have got to be kidding me. How LAME !!!!!! What in the world would these great actors be interested in some crap Farrelly Bros movie about the Three Stooges for? Very, very, very stupid idea !!!!

Robert on Feb 4, 2009


seriously does no body think it might work? i kinda would like to see it and i think they can do it

Buddah on Feb 4, 2009


Since it isn't going to be a biopic, this idea reminds me of Steve Martin's horrible Pink Panther remakes. Sure the hamburger bit was funny, but when compared to the originals it isn't even a rental. In fact, I think Martin's remakes were and are detrimental to the original movies. If this movie comes to light, I think it will also be detrimental to the original Three Stooges.

Zso on Feb 4, 2009


Sean Penn should Larry, Curly or Shemp... he needs a beating.

Dave Lister, J.M.C. on Feb 4, 2009


Sean Penn should be Larry, Curly or Shemp... he needs a beating.

Dave Lister, J.M.C. on Feb 4, 2009


Philip Seymour Hoffman for Curley!!!!!

Daas on Feb 4, 2009


Why are these Hollywood folks doing so many remakes?! Is there no one in Hollywood that has an original AND creative thought? A biopic 'might' have a chance but since that's not the case then why would Depp and Penn do a movie like this? Terrible idea. I could see if the Farrelly brothers wanted to do a modern day stooge movie but use some other people say....Ben Stiller (Moe), Owen Wilson (Larry) and Jack Black(curly)! I saw this line up on a different page about the same topic here and I have to say, these three guys would be awesome if we MUST have a remake 3 stooges movie. Just my opinion.

phoenix on Feb 4, 2009

16 offense but you must be kidding...the Stooges are literally sacred to some of even suggest that the likes of Stiller, Wilson & Black portray the Stooges is blasphemy....get real...they dont need to make any more tributes to Moe, Larry & Curly...its already been done and done well...

cornoholio_by_the_sea on Feb 4, 2009


Ha, ha. When I first read the title of this article I thought it was about Iggy pop & The Stooges, thank God is not.

Mario Tenorio on Feb 4, 2009


God, I hope this is a rumor all together!

Ryan on Feb 4, 2009


Ok here are my submissions. Curley = James Gandolfini Curley Joe = michael chiklis Joe Besser = Louie Anderson Shemp = Josh Brolin curley was really a sad character in real life. he was a young guy that loved to have fun and lived in his brother's shadow. much of his inferiority complex came from him shaving his head for the character. there was a very good biopic on the stooges that chilkis was in and he played curley in that..

Goliad on Feb 4, 2009


a real gritty bio pic would be cool. Grindhouse style...with chainsaws.

wm on Feb 4, 2009


something tells me we'll sooner end up with a Will Ferrell "Larry" and a Jack Black "Curly" with Jim Carrey as a possible "Moe"

The Delightful Deviant on Feb 4, 2009


Perfect cast right here: Russell Crowe as Moe, Sean Penn as Larry, and Nate Torrence as Curly

John Scaman on Feb 22, 2009


Here are my submissions: Curly = The guy from Smashmouth Moe = Kenny Chesney Larry = David Hasselhoff

LUKE CPD on Jun 23, 2009



RICK on Jun 24, 2009


when I read this I literally became consumed with rage! Why would the stooges estate allow such an open rape of thief classic works????? HOLLYWOOD NEEDS TO CLOSE UP SHOP AND CALL IT A DAY. Nobody in the entertainment industy has any talent or fresh ideas. It would be one thing were they attempting to make a biopic about the stooges lives,but to blatantly Prostitute the stooges name and attempt to "modenize" them for the brain dead idiots who skateboard and beat off watching video games is flat out enraging. I personally would like to gouge the eyes out of the homo who thought this up. And as far as depp and Carey are concerned I'd crack their heads open with a vise and use the empty skulls for urinals.

Hammond egger on Oct 23, 2009

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