Left on a nun's doorstep, Larry, Curly and Moe grow up finger-poking, nyuk-nyuking and woo-woo-wooing their way to uncharted levels of knuckle-headed misadventure. Out to save their childhood home, only The Three Stooges could become embroiled in an oddball murder plot... while also stumbling into starring in a phenomenally successful TV reality show.
Directors Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly finally found a home for their Three Stooges movie at MGM last year, and it looks like they have finally put together a surprising cast for the movie..
Variety reports that Jim Carrey will play heavier Stooge Curly, and will gain 40 pounds for the role. With Carrey's history in comedies, this isn't as surprising as the next two choices: Academy Award winners Sean Penn as Larry and Benicio Del Toro as Moe.
While neither Penn or Del Toro are strangers to comedies, Penn played the iconoclastic surfer Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Del Toro has made subtle comic turns in both The Usual Suspects and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, however, they are hardly two names that typically come to mind when thinking of the slapstick comedy of The Three Stooges.
The Stooges movie is not a biopic but a complete remake, with a script by the Farrellys, which Bobby described as "Dumb, Dumber & Dumbest." The Farrellys will start shooting this fall for a 2010 release.
Variety reports that Sean Penn announced he will pull out of two projects for unspecified personal reasons related to family.
Penn will no longer star in Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly's The Three Stooges, in which he was to play Larry opposite Jim Carrey as Curly and Benicio Del Toro as Moe. He also withdrew from Cartel. In the Asger Leth-directed drama, scripted by Peter Craig, a man struggles to protect his son after his wife is killed in the world of Mexican drug cartels.
It is unclear how long Penn will be on hiatus. Prior to the announcement, he had already completed two other projects, which should still see release. The first is Fair Game, the Doug Liman-directed biopic based on the memoir of CIA agent Valerie Plame (with Naomi Watts in the starring role). The other is The Tree of Life, which stars Brad Pitt and was directed by Terrence Malick (The New World, The Thin Red Line).
In an interview with The Boston Globe, director Peter Farrelly announced a new casting decision for The Three Stooges, which he is directing with brother Bobby Farrelly. Paul Giamatti (Sideways, American Splendor) will play Larry, replacing Sean Penn who withdrew from the movie two months ago. Giamatti will star opposite Benicio del Toro as Moe.
Jim Carrey was rumored to star as Curly, but the Farrelly Brothers confirm that this is not true, and they have not yet cast anyone in the role.
It seemed like some kind of outrageous experiment when writer/directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly first revealed that the cast for their The Three Stooges movie would include Sean Penn as Larry, Benicio Del Toro as Moe, and Jim Carrey as Curly. Fans quickly voiced their displeasure or, at least, their astonishment at the unusual casting choices.
Once the dust settled, however, Penn left the project, citing "personal reasons," leaving the cast unfinished. Paul Giamatti was soon announced as Penn's replacement, until Penn returned to the movie earlier this year, having settled his personal affairs. Carrey's participation in the movie, however, was in doubt. In a recent interview with MTV, Carrey called the project "dead."
After Jim Carrey recently declared Peter and Bobby Farrelly's The Three Stooges movie "dead," the movie is finally back on track. The Farrellys originally got the green light for The Three Stooges at MGM in 2008, right before the studio fell into severe financial troubles. Two years later, MGM's bankruptcy and restructuring has finally been approved, and The Three Stooges has a production start date.
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