May 26, 2017

Jim Carrey says Three Stooges movie is “dead”

By Sean O’Connell Projects die and are resurrected on a daily basis in Hollywood. A planned Three Stooges movie, for example, has had as many lives as a Persian cat. Though the Farrelly Brothers have been batting the idea around for four years now, and even pieced together a dream cast, one of those actors seems to think the Stooges movie is dead. For now, at least.

“I think it’s dead. It’s dead at least with me,” Jim Carrey told MTV while he was out promoting his latest picture, “I Love You Phillip Morris.”

Carrey, if you recall, was set to play Curly alongside Sean Penn (Larry) and Benicio Del Toro (Moe). And if, for some reason, you didn’t want to see that version of the Stooges, then you have no business reading this site. Leave now.

Carrey would have been a brilliant Curly. Yet even he admitted that the difference in weight (Curly was a rotund comedian) would have been an insurmountable obstacle.

“For me, I don’t really want to do anything halfway, and I don’t feel like a fat suit does it,” Carrey told MTV. “I started experimenting with it a little bit, and I gained 35, 40 pounds. I wanted to gain another 30, 40. When you’re [Robert] De Niro in your 20s or early 30s, you can kind of come back from that. It’s a tough thing to come back from when you’re upwards of 30. Your body can’t carry it or you can have a cardiac arrest.”

So instead of Carrey dying for his art, the Stooges movie appears to be dead. Until it’s resurrected in another form a few years down the road. It’s possible. But there’s no way any future iteration of a Three Stooges movie can score a better threesome than Carrey, Penn and Del Toro.


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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • November 11, 2010 | Permalink |

    Wrong. Will Sasso, Micheal Chiklis (who incidentally already played Curly quite well), Frank Caliendo, Patton Oswalt, Drew Carey… the list goes on and on. I personally would love to see Patton Oswalt or Drew Carey as Curly

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