Are Penn, Carrey and Del Toro the Three Stooges?

03.25.09 9 years ago

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Since when do you need to be an Oscar or Golden Globe winner to play a Stooge?

According to Variety, MGM and the Farrelly brothers are assembling a highly pedigreed cast for their new take on “The Three Stooges.”

The trade paper says that Sean Penn is set to play Larry and that Jim Carrey is in negotiations to play Curly and that the funnyman would plan to gain 40 pounds for the role. 

In addition, the trade says that MGM is “zeroing in on” Benicio Del Toro to play Moe, a casting preference Peter and Bobby Farrelly have been discussing for years. 

The Farrellys have been trying to mount their take on the classic comic characters — i.e. this will be a Larry, Moe and Curly movie, not a movie about the actors who played the Three Stooges — for years, but “The Three Stooges” may finally be ready to shoot in early fall for a 2010 release.

In addition to winning his second Oscar, Penn earned praise for showing his later side in “Milk.” While he famously starred in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” Penn’s later comic credits — including “Shanghai Surprise” and “We’re No Angels” — weren’t as well received.

Although he’s better known for angsty turns in “Traffic” and “21 Grams,” it should never be forgotten that Del Toro showed comic chops in “Big Top Pee-wee,” “Swimming with Sharks” and “Snatch.”

While Carrey would be the only Stooge without an Oscar, he did win Golden Globes for “Man on the Moon” and “The Truman Show,” putting him one ahead of each of his potential castmates.

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