March 26, 2009

Woop-Woop-Woop and a Nyuk-Nyuk-Nyuk!!

Under "Most Awesomest News I've Heard All Week," file this: The Farrelly Brothers are making a Three Stooges movie.

So why shouldn't we be highly skeptical? Who, after all, would even presume to attempt a recap of Larry, Moe and Curly's comic genius? Your skepticism is understandable, but misplaced. Here's why: The casting is about done, and it proves they're not just dicking around here.

As Larry, Sean Penn - a perfect physical match and well-suited to the role's nuances. Only a thespian of Mr. Penn's caliber could do justice to Larry Fine's complex neither-Moe-nor-Curly subtlety. Some lucky costume designer is totally going to win an Oscar for Sean's tearaway wig.

As Moe, they're talking Benicio del Toro. Not immediately obvious as a choice, but think on it a bit and you can kind of see it. We know Benicio can do menacing and temperamental. Word on the street is he's also capable of delivering lines like "Come here, Porcupine" with the necessary comic timing.

Finally, as Curly, the Farrelly Brothers have tapped one of their favorites: Jim Carrey. Again, one must respect their choice as going beyond the obvious (Drew Carey, perhaps?). Here, the Farrelly Brothers have held out for a less than obvious physical match in order to get a true talent match. Jim Carey is no Anthony Hopkins, but where physical comedy is concerned, is there really a better choice for a role like this? Sure, Philip Seymour Hoffman is a closer physical match, and his awesomeness would allow him to turn in a convincing performance, but only Carrey can truly capture the essence of Curly's imbecilic zeal.

With advance reports like this one, it's hard not to be optimistic. I just hope the writers and editors use that classic bit where the 3 Stooges are handymen at a fancy rich lady's house and end up as party guests and then Curly pulls out an electric razor at the dinner table and gives the socialite next to him a buzz and then a food fight breaks out. That shit cracks me up every time.

Posted by hbalczak at March 26, 2009 10:10 AM

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