You’ve probably heard by now that the Farrelly brothers are making a Three Stooges movie. From what I understand, the movie isn’t about the lives of Moe Horwitz, Jerry Horwitz and Larry Fineberg. The movie is a modern day version of a Moe, Larry and Curly short. So, of course, Bobby and Peter went out and cast comedic heavy weights to star in the movie, Benicio Del Toro as Moe and Sean Penn as Larry. Curly will be played by Jim Carrey, which is okay, but a little too obvious. Far be it for me to question Mr. Farrelly and Mr. Farrelly respectively, but WHAT?! Del Toro and Penn are two of today’s finest actors, but… Moe and Larry they ain’t. True, Penn probably played the greatest high school stoner in the history of movies with his brilliant portrayal of Jeff Spicoli in the 1982 classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but he’s since gone on to play a plethora a dark and scary characters that make it impossible to see him as the loveable Larry Fine. And Del Toro…Hello, the Usual Suspects, Traffic, Big Top Pee-wee… um, Moe Howard didn’t have that kind of range.
I like the idea of casting outside of the box. I think that’s brilliant, but I would stay within the comedy family to do it. With that in mind, I submit my selection for The Three Stooges movie.