Farrelly Bros' 'Three Stooges' Film Officially Dead for Jim Carrey
There's been so much fluctuation, speculation and hesitation on the Three Stooges project from Dumb & Dumber directing duo Bobby & Peter Farelly, it's hard to know what's going on anymore. It's been over ten years since the project was mentioned and lately talent like Sean Penn has come and gone (he might still be involved) and even Jim Carrey was apparently out of the mix too. At the time we weren't sure if Carrey's departure was official, but the actor recently sat down with MTV and commented on the project, "I think it's dead." He went on to clarify, "It's dead at least with me." That's quite a definitive statement on the matter.
Alongside Carrey as the bumbling Curly were going to be Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro playing Larry and Moe respectively, but since then the project has just fallen apart yet again. Carrey has finally shared his issues with the project and why he decided to back out:
"For me, I don't really want to do anything halfway, and I don't feel like a fat suit does it. I started experimenting with it a little bit, and I gained 35, 40 pounds. I wanted to gain another 30, 40. When you're [Robert] De Niro in your 20's or early 30's, you can kind of come back from that. It's a tough thing to come back from when you're upwards of 30. Your body can't carry it or you can have a cardiac arrest. Put that with Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro slapping me in the head all day long, and someone will lose an eye."
Of course, Carrey uses De Niro's legendary weight gain for Raging Bull as a point of comparison, and when you reach a certain age, that kind of drastic change in health can be dangerous. While Carrey is likely one of the few actors who could've done Curly justice, there has to be someone out there who can pull it off. Having said that though, I'm not really sure that I want to see a Three Stooges movie in the hands of Bobby and Peter Farrelly anymore, especially after how terrible Hall Pass looks after that first trailer. Sure they know slapstick humor, but a Three Stooges movie should be anything but an extended episode of the classic comedy staple. Peter Farrelly was worried about the project falling apart yet again, and I think this is a project that will be perpetually stuck in development hell. What do you think?