MGM Throws Three Stooges Together

sean_pennIn one of the more interesting casting announcements in recent months, Variety reports that MGM is making a Three Stooges feature with Sean Penn set to play Larry while Jim Carrey and Benicio Del Toro are in negotiations for Curly and Moe, respectively. The Farrelly Brothers will direct from a script they wrote and the movie is expected to go into production this fall for a 2010 release.

jim-carrey_1While I can easily picture Carrey doing the physical shtick the Stooges are known for, I was surprised by Penn’s casting and Del Toro’s possible involvement. These guys aren’t exactly known for yukking it up. The last “comedy” Penn did, We’re No Angels, was twenty years ago and I put quotes around comedy because it wasn’t that funny. And Del Toro’s last comedic credit was, um, let me think…21 Grams? Nope. Things We Lost in the Fire? Helll, no. It was 25 years ago in Swimming with Sharks.

benicio_del_toroSo what do you think of this casting? Does it make you want to see the movie? Is it smart for Penn to go from Oscar-winning performance to poking his fellow actors in the eyes? Isn’t Mel Gibson available? He performed pretty convincing Stooge-shtick in the Lethal Weapon movies. Let me know your thoughts!

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14 responses to “MGM Throws Three Stooges Together

  1. I’m with you. When I heard, A) They are trying to make a Three Stooges movie, and 2) who they are talking about casting, I kinda threw up in my mouth a little. But, who knows? Who thought that “To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar” would work?

    I could see Seth Rogan as Curly. Jim Carrey might work better in a Shemp cameo.

  2. I’m just interested in seeing those 3 in the same movie. Don’t know how good their portrayals of the original Stooges will go, but it’s at least going to be interesting.

  3. I’m kind of excited. Not sure if they can pull it off.

  4. I was sure when this finally got made Mel Gibson would have something to do with it.

    Not sure how this will play out, but Penn was funny in Sweet and Lowdown.

  5. This might work to put Carey back on the map. Never seen Del Toro be animated. He’d make a great Eeyore. (LOL)

    • Benecio would indeed make a good Eeyore!

      That was funny. Don’t know if this movie will be.

      Why not mix it up and throw in Eddie Murphy? I’d watch that.

  6. These 3 are good actors so at the very least it’ll be interesting. I’ll give Penn the benefit of the doubt because he’s proven to me he can play practically anyone and anything. He just wouldn’t have been at the top of my list for Larry. Maybe Richard Jenkins? Seth Rogen is a good choice for Curly, Eddy. And Reader #9, Del Toro would make a good Eeyore!

  7. Hmm, interesting! For some reason, I can see Robert DeNiro as Moe! (“you talkin to ME?” *eye poke*)

    • popculturenerd

      Ha ha! That’s an excellent idea—I can see that, too! And De Niro’s already worked with Penn in We’re No Angels.

  8. I don’t know ~ I’m having a really hard time imagining a new Three Stooges at all. But I’m happy to see Benicio Del Toro there if he smiles like that during the movie!

  9. The eyepokes are famous for the Three Stooges! The first person who gave the eyepokes for the Three Stooges is the direct descendant of the American Revolution, Bud Jamison (his sister married to Sam Cartmell.)

  10. Bud Jamison’s sister, married to the distant cousin of actor John Smith (Robert Van Orden), Sam Cartmell.

  11. The original theme song of the Three Stooges (original) is composed by Septimus Winner. Winner himself is related to the John Hathorne, the judge was involved in the Salem Witchcraft trials.

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