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Farrelly Bros' 'Three Stooges' Film Officially Dead for Jim Carrey

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November 10, 2010
Source: MTV

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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?

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  • Xerxex
    that sucks.
  • Oh well.
  • dex
    He's got a point, But then again they can make him fat with effects too.
  • Robb
    as somebodywho grew up watching the stooges, no. don't do it. ever. don't wreck that TOO.
  • At first, years ago, i thought, good actors could do this. But now i pictured them doing it and i cringe. Hell, i cringe when i watch ace ventura now. Kill this movie
  • Voice of Reason
    I am happy this project got stalled, if not killed off. The Farrellys havent produced a quality comedy in far too long and same with Carey, it just seemed like despite everyones best efforts this movie would've flopped and flopped hard.
  • A5J4DX
    bummer
  • Gregory
    Dear Farrelly Bros, I have your Curly solution. Since Jim Carey doesn't want the roll why not ask Drew Carey, he would fit the bill ten times better than Jim Carey. Drew Carey has Curly's build and head shape, all he needs to do is learn Curly's -Woo, Woo, Woo, Woo line and all will be great history. Please try to get Drew, cause it would be a waist to let this slide. This country needs a good comedy act to make America laugh hard once again. I think Drew Carey is the right man and your right solution for Curly! Get back with Sean Penn and Delco and get THE THREE STOOGES MOVING AGAIN! Please! A great fan of the three stooges. Sincerely, Gregory.
  • Zoib
    No one can do justice to the Three Stooges, so I wish they wouldn't try. Those guys honed their craft in vaudeville over a decade before they made a picture. Do the right thing and leave their stuff alone. They don't need help from people who can get some of the moves right, but don't have the soul to do the comedy.

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