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So What's Happening To THE THREE STOOGES?

Published at: Jan. 8, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST by AICNStaff

Nordling here.

We've been all over the map on this one. The Farrelly Brothers' revival of the classic comedy trio's seems to have had trouble nailing down actors for the roles since the get go. Sean Penn came, dropped out, came back, then dropped out again; we've had Jim Carrey gain weight for the part of Curly and then drop out; and even Benicio Del Toro was apparently going to be Moe at one point (or was it Larry? I'm thoroughly confused now).

Well, according to Entertainment Weekly, casting is still up in the air but Peter Farrelly's ready to go. He's got a plot ready and he's just looking for cast members. News reports of Johnny Knoxville and Andy Samberg being cast are apparently false - "You don't want people to think 'we've already cast the thing' because we haven't. It's wide open to everybody," said Farrelly.

The plot, which would be a fictional comedy and not a biopic, seems to revolve around the Stooges growing up in an orphanage and then heading out on the road together as adults. It will contain all the slapstick comedy that is the Three Stooges' trademark, seemingly from the very first frames: “A car whips by an orphanage, throws a duffel bag out its window and keeps going. A nun sees the duffel and opens it up, and a little baby hand comes out and BOINK! hits her in the eye. So that first episode is them growing up in the orphanage," said Peter Farrelly to EW.

I love the Stooges. I watched them religiously when I was a kid coming home from school. Not to make any kind of direction in the way of casting, but to me, the Stooges would work best if cast against type. People like Samberg and Knoxville are funny, but those are the first people to come to mind when it comes to a film like this. I loved the idea of Sean Penn being involved - it would have been so different than anything he's done before now, with the possible exception of Jeff Spicoli, the role that brought him to our attention in the first place. I guess I'm saying... Daniel Day-Lewis as Moe. I'm completely and utterly serious. Cast against type for this one. Could you imagine Daniel Day-Lewis clonking Curly, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman (yeah I said it) on the head or in the face?

Another interesting take that Peter Farrelly described was that all the punching, eye-poking, and nose-bashing just doesn't fly in the real world: “Suddenly, when Moe hits somebody he doesn’t know, that’s assault and battery." I really like that, the clashing of the obvious fantasy that is the Stooges with the staid, restrained reality that they simply can't get away with that kind of crazy violence out there outside of their element.

I'm watching this film closely. Like I said, I adore the Stooges and really hope Farrelly pulls this off. They've had it on deck for a few years now and they sound very eager to get started. I hope good actors get involved with the project and it just doesn't become another comedy staple. The Stooges deserve better than that.

Daniel Day-Lewis for Moe. Just putting it out there, guys.

Nordling, out.

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  • Jan. 8, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Who's playing Iggy?

    by rev_skarekroe

    They should get Ewan Macgregor to do it.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    This doesn't sound like a goood movie

    by _Venkman

    The Jim Carrey trio at least made the movie seem somewhat worthwhile making.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 6:03 p.m. CST

    I agree.They should cast actors who are against the type.

    by KilliK

    It would be funnier that way and maybe,maybe more faithful to the Stooges mannerisms and specific style. Carrey is a great comedian but he will still be Carrey if he tries to impersonate another comedian in a comedy movie.(Man in the Moon is different,it's drama).Like what happened with Steve Martin as Clouseau in PP. And yeah i liked the Stooges as a kid,but Laurel and Hardy (known as Fat/Thin in Greece) will always be my favorite comedian duo of all time.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Sean Penn against type?

    by Rabbitcakes

    He WAS Larry in Carlito's Way.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Sean Penn isn't an actor but he could do a really terrible Shemp

    by MrShootist

    This movie sounds terrible. NO ONE can do Babe. NO ONE. Nor Moses, nor Larry. Joe Besser, maybe. Gad, why even try?

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Worse than trying to re-do the Marx Brothers

    by MrShootist

    Terrible idea. Isn't there any fresh ideas in Hollyweed? Remake 77 Sunset Strip for God's sake. Or Paladin. Or True Grit, oh wait . . .

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Cast actors against type?

    by Ingeld

    They will have to cast actors against sanity. If made this could be a movie that destroys careers. It will bomb on a level reserved for movies like Gigli and Ishtar.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Baby's Day Out

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    The sequel?

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Worst reboot idea ever

    by delvarner

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Sarah Silverman as the nun

    by Fred

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Reasons to make it biopic

    by veteran_of_mu

    I've read Larry's autobiography, "The Stooge In The Middle". It's really fascinating stuff. The Stooges lived in a world so different from ours it's like an alien planet. Not just the act - its evolution from Vaudeville, the difficulty of finding the right chemistry, the weird politics of their times. It begs to be filmed. Quick anecdote from Larry's book: Curly wasn't originally a Stooge. He was just Moe's brother. So when Curly first auditioned for a Stooge he had a full head of curly hair and a moustache. Believe it or not he flopped miserably. Moe had him shave himself bald and try again the next day under an alias. And that's how we got the icon that made the Stooges work. When Curly was taken off by illness they tried everyone they could find to put back in the role. But it never really worked. The Stooges without Curly was like a hot-dog without mustard. It's still a hot-dog ... The shame is there really was one guy who could and did step into Curly's shoes. He even stole some of the Stooges bits - including "Niagara Falls" ...

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Stooges Biopic

    by veteran_of_mu

    I've read Larry's autobiography, "The Stooge In The Middle". It's really fascinating stuff. The Stooges lived in a world so different from ours it's like an alien planet. Not just the act - its evolution from Vaudeville, the difficulty of finding the right chemistry, the weird politics of their times. It begs to be filmed. Quick anecdote from Larry's book: Curly wasn't originally a Stooge. He was just Moe's brother. So when Curly first auditioned for a Stooge he had a full head of curly hair and a moustache. Believe it or not he flopped miserably. Moe had him shave himself bald and try again the next day under an alias. And that's how we got the icon that made the Stooges work. When Curly was taken off by illness they tried everyone they could find to put back in the role. But it never really worked. The Stooges without Curly was like a hot-dog without mustard. It's still a hot-dog ... The shame is there really was one guy who could and did step into Curly's shoes. He even stole some of the Stooges bits - including "Niagara Falls" ...

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Um, that's to say, Curly had to shave himself ...

    by veteran_of_mu

    Sheesh.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 7:56 p.m. CST

    "Worst reboot idea ever"

    by F-18

    How the fuck is this a "reboot"? Has a Three Stooges movie such as this been made before and it's being re-made now? If anything it's a "worst film adaptation of a series idea ever"?.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Bad, bad idea

    by JoeSixPack

    There is no way this will not tank. I thought the Ghostbusters 3 idea was bad, but at least that will generate some interest. Read: absolutely no one will see this.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Cyborg Stooges pitch

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    A mad, and I mean mad, scientist brings the Stooges back as half robot abominations due to some DNA decay. Based off the Hanna-Barbera show.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Zack Galefinakis shaved head to foot for

    by UltraTron

    Curly.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 9 p.m. CST

    But will it be an anthology feature?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I think I read somewhere the movie would consist of several unrelated short segments, just like the theatrical shorts. That's the best way to approach this. A feature-length storyline with the Stooges would be too damn much, even at only ninety minutes.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Caractacuspotts

    by one9deuce

    Who could do Curly and lifted some Stooges bits? Niagara Falls?

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST

    I hope it gets made

    by Indiana-Joe

    I thought it was dead. It seems like it might be something that sounds terrible on the surface but comes out different then expected and actually turns into a good movie. What's the worst that could happen? At the very least it'll get a few kids to watch some of the old shorts and get some fans from the younger generation.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Day-Lewis as Moe? Hoffman as Curly?

    by Peter David

    I'd see that. And I was never that much of a Stooges fan. But casting like that would lure me in. And Jeremy Irons as Larry. On the other hand, I wouldn't mind DeNiro as Moe... PAD

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Got It!! The Black Stooges! Or African American Stooges..

    by choonie

    ...to not offend anyone. Chris Rock, Terrance Howard and That guy who played Ralph in the Honeymooners Movie. Hey it Worked for Daredevil!

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    So What's Happening To THE THREE STOOGES?

    by JethroBodine

    Their legacy is gettin skull-fucked by even mentioning doing this kind of film. That's what's happening to THE THREE STOOGES! This idea is a bad idea from the get go.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Nordling

    by BERSERKR

    You picked some FANTASTIC actors there. Not exactly against type but i would love to see John C Riley as Larry, or another suggestion Javier Bardem as Moe :P

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Daniel Day-Lewis for Moe?

    by Triple_J_72

    Why?

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 11:14 p.m. CST

    I'd like to see what they can do with it

    by Rectal Blowout

    I just don't want to see known stars. But if they do then I like Riley as Larry, Giamatti could pull it off too. There is suppose to be 3-27 minute shorts.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Daniel Day-Lewis as Moe?

    by Fletch Gannon

    Sorry to be so blunt but that is a dumb idea...yeah I want him to go the way of De Niro and soil himself by doing his version of 'Rocky and Bullwinkle'. Seriously where do people get these ideas? I and most people don't take De Niro seriously anymore so why would you curse anyone else to go in the same direction? The Stooges movie is a one time gimmick movie that will generate some business but will easily be forgotten. It won't tarnish the image of the classic three because no one shot flick could do that...they are immortal. It will generate some dollars based on the Stooges brand and it will drop off everyones radar just as quickly. But honestly (back to my point) I wonder where Harry gets these stupid writers who suggest stupid casting choices...Daniel Day-Lewis as Moe...Jesus what a stupid idea.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Daniel Day Lewis as Dr. Strange!

    by deelzbub

    think about it!

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 12:26 a.m. CST

    The Farrelly Brothers' Track record is equal to M Night's

    by SifoDyasJr

    3 funny comedies in the late 90's, everything since has been shit. Get the right people to make a 3 Stooges movie and I'd be interested. These are not the right people.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 12:40 a.m. CST

    gilbert godfried ... moe

    by hauntedhoneymoon

    sean penn ... larry will sasso ... curly javier bardem ... shemp

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Remakes Suk

    by blueant

    What is it with Hollywood? Can't they put down the crack pipe and think of something 'new' and 'original' instead of remaking movies? ...mmmm....nope.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 1:16 a.m. CST

    I want to see this movie

    by INWOsuxRED

    I'd actually be curious to see Knoxville and Samberg, but I'm not sure what to think of the Farley Bros these days. I think I'd like to see Tim Heidecker as Moe, Eric Wareheim as Curly, and John C Reilly as Larry.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 1:27 a.m. CST

    I am a positive guy

    by VarianceMFFilms

    All about optimism, and doing good things with film, and whatnot. The glass is half-full, not half-empty, and even if it's half-empty, hey, maybe someone will bring over a refill. Life's often pretty good. But that said, this movie, as described, sounds like a 90 minute punch in the dick.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 1:57 a.m. CST

    DAVID DUCHOVNY AS SHEMP

    by Tigger Tales

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 2:49 a.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Farrelly brothers have some kind of pull? Who could give a shit about the movies they make anymore?

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Hey, mrshootist!

    by Dasinfogod

    There already has been a contemporary re-make of the Marx Brothers! Dennis Dugan directed a 1991 flick called "Brain Donors" which was a pastiche of several Marx movies, primarily "A Night at the Opera. Bob Nelson, Mel Smith and John Turturro played the trio (with Nancy Marchand stepping in for Margaret Dumont!). Just a gawd-awful movie; beyond bad. Reportedly it started as a Zucker Bros. production, but they had the good sense to bow out early on.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 3:49 a.m. CST

    No Nordling. no. I can't imagine any of it.

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    Horrible idea. <BR> The whole thing in general of making a new Stooges movie is a horrible idea. <BR> Biopic? Sure I am down for that but not this.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Terrible idea...

    by batfunk

    ...they'll be remaking Laurel and Hardy next! Just hire the originals and boycott these pointless remakes. AintItCool – you should be ashamed!

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 6:26 a.m. CST

    one9deuce - Curly could have been replaced by ...

    by veteran_of_mu

    Lou Costello. He turned "Niagara Falls" into "Pokomoko". Exactly the same bit, just a different tag line. And then he lifted most of it again to do "Susquehanna Hats". Many of his stylings were explicitly modelled after Curly. Costello had plenty of original material so you really can't say he stole Curly's act. But there's no question he could have stepped into the Stooges without missing a beat if fate had been so kind. As it was Abbott and Costello were much bigger stars and paid a very great deal more than the Stooges. Harry Cohn kept the boys on pitiful wages without a raise for over 2 decades before they discovered that Columbia Studios had kept afloat almost entirely due to their massive popularity. So it's not very likely Costello could have been motivated to join in even if it hadn't been for his success with Abbott. Of course this was before the IRS crucified Abbott and Costello. Both of them died poor. Meanwhile the Stooges reformed around Curly Joe after Shemp's death and made a fortune on TV and as a live act in the sixties and seventies.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 7 a.m. CST

    after it's release, rampant teen eye poking

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    bad idea - if you are going to make this turd... cast unknowns that fit the parts - dont shoe horn brand names into it - Penn as Larry? - get reel - i dont want to see Jack Ass or SNL guy either - it should be cgi talking animals as the stooges and Tracy Morgan or Will Ferrell as their mean wacky boss at the bakery/bank/laundry... and Katy Perry as the rich lady at the ball they all like that gets a pie in the face... rated pg-13 for lots of tit-fucky cleavage - sadly, what i described is a studio exec's wet dream - that would get made long before a big budget high concept alternate reality biopic with a fat Jim Carrey

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Just plain bad.

    by workshed

    Ain't It Uncool News!

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 7:18 a.m. CST

    I can probably come up with a worse idea

    by Chris

    but not off the top of my head. Only if they actually made re-makes, shot for shot, of the shorts would it actually have a chance of being enjoyable. Let's think about some series made into movies, and how they were: the Nude Bomb, Yogi Bear, Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Last Airbender. How did they work out?

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 7:37 a.m. CST

    super mario brothers, a work of timely genius

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    bob hoskins was born for that movie

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Shemp was the best Stooge

    by elsewhere

    Deal.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 8:41 a.m. CST

    I'm watching the Stooges right now.

    by phifty2

    I love them but I'm always amazed how they keep getting these plumbing/carpentry/cook/etc jobs. Everything thing they do ends in massive personal injury and property loss. For fucks sake the one I just watched had them as surgeons! You'd think word would get around not to hire these guys. As far as the film, Benicio Del Toro should be Moe. Watch The Wolfman or to save you that torture google a picture of him from it. He looks just like Moe. And Sean Penn for Larry. You need good actors who can really get into the character and not just devolve into imitation Stooge slapstick.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Laurel and Hardy- For love or Mummy

    by donkey_lasher

    Im bringing that to the table

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    They should just make a few shorts.

    by SnootyBoots

    To be shown before the feature. Just like the originals were. In the days of old.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Forget this, we need to update...

    by eustisclay

    ...Benny Hill! I can see it now, Charlie Sheen chasing a bunch of scantily clad hooker in fast motion over hills to the strains of wackity sax.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Secret origin!

    by Odkin

    Do we really need an origin story for the Stooges? Is the nun in the orphanage going to beat the "jew" out of the boys? Is Shemp in the orphanage too? Did they leave come back and get Shemp after Curly had a stroke from Moe's constant head traumas?

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell as all three......

    by CANT_WAIT_TO_HATE

    .....with Raimi directing.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Holy shit, really?

    by Gorehog

    Maybe the reason this can't get a footing in Hollywood is that it is a bad idea. I mean a really bad idea. Will they be using digitally undercranked footage to get some of the "fast motion" effects? Are they going to break new ground in the field of hitting people with 2x4's? Bad idea.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 12:56 p.m. CST

    A friend just suggested Jack Black

    by Gorehog

    So...Jack Black for Moe,Will Ferrell for Larry, Michael Chiklis for Curly

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Or porn stars...

    by Gorehog

    3 hot female porn stars. A real reboot.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST

    zack Galefinakis as Curley. Jack black as Larry.

    by UltraTron

    Jim Carrey is Moe.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    nitpick

    by Keats

    "I hope good actors get involved with the project and it just doesn't become another comedy staple.” I think “staple” in this context refers to something indispensable. Like rice is a staple crop in China. So a staple comedy would be a really important comedy. A classic.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Honestly

    by adml_shake

    I think I'd rather see the behind the scenes story. These guys had some very troubled and disturbing lives behind the lens.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    You just can't artificially recreate something like the 3 Stooges

    by Crimson Dynamo

    The Stooges honed their craft over several years in vaudeville and Broadway and could read each other like a book. You can't just throw a bunch of disparate actors together and hope to recreate that. It's like saying you're gonna hire you four musicians and record a new Beatles album. And this notion of Moe getting hauled away for assault and battery is ridiculous - the Stooges universe was theater of the absurd, where you could use saws and pliers on delicate body parts and be OK a second later.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Daniel Day-Lewis for Moe in 3D

    by JAGUART

    I would flinch a lot. Feel uneasy. And then I would start to cry.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Christian Bale as Moe

    by AnUsulDarkley

    Seth Rogen as Larry. Jeremy Pivens as Moe might work as well.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Do the Farrellys really think there's box office for this?

    by TinkerTIW

    I loved the Stooges growing up, but can't imagine there's an audience willing to pay $10 a ticket for this. Maybe a biopic... on HBO? There was a very good TV biopic of the Stooges produced years ago by Mel Gibson.

  • Yeah! I hope they continue to adapt older TV shows with this angle. Perhaps they could do the Brady Bunch next if this one takes off?

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Sounds absolutely fucking horrible.

    by TheApostle

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    This has disaster written all over it

    by Oldnewbie

    Unless the treatment I read was a fake or is seriously being updated, the Farrelly Brothers' idea of the Stooges in the 2011's is full of poop, pee, and other gross out humor staples. Aside from that, the Stooges were real people doing a well honed over time comedy act, not actors playing comedians. I will be almost impossible to recreate them with any authenticity. I say 'almost' because method actors can pretty much become fried shrimp if paid to; but that doesn't mean they'll taste any good.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    MGx3

    by maximumbob

    this would make the perfect comeback vehicle for mel gibson. use CGI so that he can play every role. the plot fits, too ("...all the punching, eye-poking, and nose-bashing just doesn't fly in the real world: “Suddenly, when Moe/Mel hits somebody... that’s assault and battery.")

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 1:41 a.m. CST

    This is the

    by Cujo_Fugate

    work of the fucking devil.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    choonie:

    by Sith Witch

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 8:41 a.m. CST

    choonie:

    by Sith Witch

    Now you're thinking like a true Hollywood exec! Bring it on! It's sad that's so accurate.

  • Just wondering. You get all excited about resurrecting those poor, frayed, geriatric, wrong-sounding Muppets, and now it's the Stooges you want brought back to life. Jeez, pal, go to a movie once in a while. See something NEW. Some of the new stuff - you know, stuff made in the latter part of the last century and the first 10 years of this one - is really pretty good. There are fun movies like Kung Fu Panda, Toy Story, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, The Sixth Sense, Pan's Labyrinth (a fucking lot better than Henson's), Black Swan, Independence Day, Tangled, Monsters Inc...there's a shitload of good stuff out there that is NOT infested with pop-culture zombies. It seems to me that if you were really a Stooge or Muppet fan, you would NOT want them revived in a faded, pitiful, much-reduced state. You'd want them left untarnished, as they were, in their original state, for new generations to discover. Saying you want a new Muppet movie or Three Stooges movie is like saying you're a Loony Tunes fan and want a sequel to Loony Tunes Back In Action. Come ON. Really dude. Just...come ON.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Pacing

    by thedarklingthrush

    I really hope this isn't just a 2 hour episode of the Stooges--that would suck. They should all be continuing the same story, but I hope its set up like it's a marathon of 6 to 9 Stooges episodes.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Never in a million years...

    by Damned if I can login

    The Stooges' brilliance cannot be duplicated, neither individually nor as a unit. Would they use a score? Because one of the things that made the Stooges what they were is the lack of a score in the short films. But that's a small pick. The primary issue is the undisputed fact that any impersonation is bound to be a pale shadow of the real thing. Besides, Mel Gibson already did a pretty decent biopic of the group some years back. Michael Chiklis played Jerome Howard (Curly).

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Anything other than a biopic...

    by blayne

    ...is a STUPID idea. If I want to see Moe, Curly & Larry poking and slapping each other, I want to see ONLY Moe, Curly & Larry poking and slapping each other. Not some other guys playing them. Their story is utterly fascinating and could be a incredible Oscar contender for all involved. Stupid...

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 1:45 a.m. CST

    For Curly....

    by The Dwayne

    ...shave his head and get Nick Frost.