Sean Penn Back in Three Stooges After Farrelly Bros. Next?
Back in June of last year, Sean Penn decided that he was going to be stepping away from the industry for awhile to resolve some personal matters. Penn's departure left his then-current projects, Universal's action movie Cartel as well as MGM's Three Stooges, high and dry. But with Penn's marriage to actress Robin Wright Penn sadly coming to an end, it looks like the Farrelly Brothers have convinced Penn to come back on board as the frizzy haired stooge Larry. The Boston Herald (via The Playlist) reports that Penn will star in the comedy, but not until after they finish their other replacement project, Hall Pass, with Owen Wilson.
Of course, you might remember that Jim Carrey backed out of his role as Curly last August, so one more Stooge still needs to be cast alongside Penn and Benicio Del Toro, who is supposedly still taking on the role of Moe. Meanwhile, the Farrelly Brothers have already started scouting locations for Stooges while also doing the same for Hall Pass down in Atlanta. The Owen Wilson comedy follows "a ho-hum hubby whose wife, looking to spice up their sex life, gives him a 'pass' to play the field for a week." No good can come of this! But that's why it's a comedy. In the meantime, hopefully they find someone great to fill Curly's shoes.
At the risk of getting complaints, may I suggest Frank Caliendo? Yes his stand-up and variety show were weak and mostly unfunny, but the guy has the build, the uncanny ability of impersonation and a "comedy" background. He fits the bill a lot better than most actors anyway! Who do you think should play Curly?