Sean Hayes Cast as Larry In ‘Three Stooges’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 8:12 am,

After twelve years of development, numerous script revisions, and avoiding a premature death, the Farrelly Brothers’ film adaptation of The Three Stooges is finally on its way to becoming a reality. The first actor to officially join the slapstick-happy comedy in its current form was that of Will Sasso as Curly.

Now Will & Grace star Sean Hayes has signed on as the simple-minded Larry, leaving the punishment-dealing Moe as the last role to be filled – and despite previous strong rumors, Johnny Knoxville has reportedly not been offered the part yet.

Deadline had the scoop on Hayes, who’s done some voice work here and there (he provided the vocals for Mr. Tinkles in both Cats & Dogs movies) and appeared in films like The Bucket List – but he’s best known for playing Jack on Will & Grace. James Marsden (X-Men) was recently rumored to be a front-runner to play Larry in Three Stooges, and he – like Hayes – arguably does best playing wide-eyed goofballs in comedies.

That seems to support the Farrellys’ claims that their Three Stooges movie will be “respectful of who the Stooges were.” Obviously, everyone has different feelings about Hayes playing Larry, but he seems a decent enough choice to me. To be honest, I have an easier time seeing him play arguably the most dim-witted of the Stooges (isn’t that saying something) than I did onetime candidates Paul Giamatti and Sean Penn – and I view both of those fellows as being highly talented character actors.

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That leaves Moe as the only Stooge yet to be cast in the Farrellys’ film. Hank Azaria has been rumored for a while now as being a serious candidate to play the often infuriated leader of the Three Stooges, but Knoxville shouldn’t be counted out just yet either. It’s also possible another actor altogether will land the role at the end of the day – so readers, feel free to speculate about your ideal Moe in the meantime.

On that note – it’s difficult to assess who exactly is best fit to star as any of the Three Stooges without also wondering whether the comedy trio’s brand of cartoonish slapstick and PG-Rated physical antics will fly with contemporary audiences. Not to mention that many an older moviegoer has fond memories of watching the original Stooges shorts when they were younger, and probably considers the Farrelly Brothers’ movie blasphemy on principle alone.

Three Stooges is clearly a passion project for the Farrellys and the filmmaking siblings really are in need of a clear-cut hit, which has essentially evaded them since the late 90s. This time around the two won’t be aiming to make a boundary-pushing raunch-fest but a loyal adaptation of the Stooges more family-friendly approach to humor. Could that be their ticket to renewed success?

Expect to hear more casting news for The Three Stooges in the near future.

Source: Deadline

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  1. /pokes Farrelly Bro’s in the eyes

    Knuckleheads!

  2. Not sure I see this as being anything but an awkward movie. They came out with a Bio movie a few years back and it explained a lot of the troubles and loss that the orginal Stooges had in their lives and it wasnt funny. So to try and keep the actors as authentic as the original members of the Stooges with be very difficule and i dont see the Farrelly Brothers pulling it off.

    • @Aleric – what was that film called?

      I haven’t seen Hayes do anything since W&G, but I wasn’t a follower of his work, so who knows.

      • It was a TV movie simply called “The Three Stooges”.

        It was actually very sad and very poignant.

        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0214698/

        • the tv movie was very well done. The loss of Shemp and Curly was something I never knew about until I did research. They have a great story to tell especially in how the moved comedy forward but I hope this isn’t just a movie staring three new stooges but a really biopic.

          • Actually, the Farrelly Brothers’ movie is being designed as a collection of three… 3 Stooges shorts – with new cast members, of course. So not at all a biopic, no worries (in that regard, I mean). 8-)

  3. I think that the guy from “CHUCK” Scott Krinsky would have been the perfect Larry.

  4. Not sold on Hayes at ALL as Larry, but hopefully he does the role justice. I think Rob Schneider would have been a better choice. I LOVED the Stooges growing up and the only way that this movie is blasphemy is if it is done in the vein of modern comedies with lots of vulgarity and sexual humor. The Stooges didn’t need all that, they just used slapstick and mindless violence to get the laughs. If they cast Johnny Knoxville, this will turn out to be “Jackass: The 3 Stooges.” If that happens someone should REALLY hit the Farrelly brothers over the head with a shovel. Hank Azaria would be a MUCH better choice.

    • I have to agree with you on both choice comments. Moe is the hardest part to cast because he is the nexus of the three. Whomever is cast in the role of Moe will have BIG shoes to fill and I agree that Hank Azaria is the best choice.

  5. I thought Shawn Penn was going to play Larry

  6. Hi!

  7. I think casting Sasso for the part of Curly was an excellent choice. I have watched Sasso on “@#$% my dad says” and can say that the mannerisms and persona of Curly can easily be mimicked. As for the part of Larry Fine, I have always believed that the character actor who played the wanna-be crime boss (you’re not going to kill me, are you?[in the Taxi cab]) in Mel Gibson’s movie “Payback” is a dead ringer and seems to carry Larry’s persona and mannerisms to the parts he has played. Though this actor has aged, I still believe he is a much better choice. Thoughts?

  8. How about using Pres. O’Bomber as Moe. Instead of wishing to kick ass he can slap heads.

  9. Where is Mel Gibson, will he ever been signed on while co-producing the already filming new Three Stooges movie and planning to make a special guest apperanice as Shemp Howard now that would be interesting if this will helped him break out the habit of been a bad guy, and learned like the real Shemp back in his old Stooge days stay tooned.

  10. 20th Century Fox and the god-awful Farrelly brothers have already got their stupid new lead cast as Moe, Larry and Curly ready for the movie version because I am so very upset and disappointing because I was like where is Mel Gibson? Didn’t you read the script? I didn’t!

    It’s not okay/decent….but it’s a “comedic/mayhemic” masterpiece!

    Back a long time originally in the late 80s or early 90s Mel Gibson would have been the critics original choice who really was willing destined to act/ direct/write/edit/produce this movie, but too late those stinking Farrellys got it now and let’s hope Mel Gibson makes a surprise cameo as Shemp or himself, so stay tooned knuckleheads NAK NAK NAK!!!

  11. They’re all overlooking the BEST Larry Fine….Billy West, the voice of Stimpy from Ren and Stimpy. He actually ended up doing both voices I believe. His Stimpy voice is based on Larry Fine, which he nails like no other. I met him at a Chiller Theatre convention a few years ago and we talked for a while. I do Larry’s voice also, so we went back and forth as dueling Larrys. He’s incredibly talented and VERY funny. Check him out on Stern archives doing “Larry Fine At Woodstock” routine. It is beyond hysterical.
    ………..Boss Tweed

    • I am sorry to say I do not agree with the “Larry Fine at Woodstock” routine as being beyond hysterical. Though Billy West does an incredible impression and that in itself is a fantastic tribute to Sir Larry, as a diehard fan, the routine drains the class right out of the nostalgia of The Three Stooges. What is happening here, which many object to regarding the new movie, is taking the era out of the performance and placing the characters into a more “modern” setting laced with profanity and racial references that had no place in the shorts we know and love. I mean these were unclassy, classy knuckleheads…if you know what I mean. I understand there’s a following and appreciation for such modernizing and many will say “loosen up..or get a life” but to me it’s dehumanizing the characters we have enjoyed and it demeans them and their sweetly silly slapstick memory by depicting Larry in such a manner. Hopefully my message is understood more so for paying tribute to any of The Stooges along with many other great comedy teams from that era that they entertained us without using direct profanity. Though as a fan, I can definitely appreciate a great impression, and I can enjoy some innuendo…I feel it is hurtful when the material is taken to another level that for some diminishes part of what made us love The Stooges. I think Billy West is a great talent…but he should have stopped at the funniest Larry line ever…”I’m warning you!” LOL…all in good fun.

      • Dear Christine,

        I agree with you regarding the profanity in the Billy West sketch. Also about bringing our beloved Stooges out of the proper era. (Sacrelidge) That said, it is still very funny, an almost exact
        duplication of Larry’s tone and phrasing. When I heard they were going to do a movie, set in modern times, I was dismayed. Being in show business myself for my whole life, I usually have a “wait and see” approach to such things. But in this life there are some masterpieces that must not be tampered with. As any true porcupine will tell you, just watch the originals, enjoy them, laugh and learn. By the way, I love Christine McIntyre, she was as important to our favorite morons as Hillary was to Bud and Lou. (Then you have Bud Jamison, Vernon Dent, good old Emil Sitka and lots more. A treasure trove of nyuks.) Stooges forever. …… “Hold hands, you lovebirds!”……….

        Mark Eisemann

  12. How many people have to deal with bad credit?

  13. I don’t think there is a problem with him being Larry. He might make a great stooge.
    Guy | http://www.paddonyorke.com

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