Johnny Knoxville Close To Being Cast As Moe In ‘The Three Stooges’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2013 at 9:28 am,

The idea that Jackass star Johnny Knoxville could play the temperamental Moe Howard in Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s contemporary take on The Three Stooges is kind a no-brainer. His out of control man-child screen persona is practically the modern-day equivalent of the character.

Two months back, Benicio Del Toro was said to still be the front runner to play Moe in the Farrellys’ long-gestating Stooges project, which was thought to be dead just last fall. Things have since changed drastically and now Knoxville is reportedly all but a lock for the role instead.

Variety says that although Knoxville has yet to officially accept the offer and begin negotiations with 20th Century Fox officials, he’s virtually set to play Moe in The Three Stooges. Recently we learned that the Farrellys are looking at a handful of different actors to star in their film, with the likes of Will Sasso (S**T My Dad Says) and Justin Timberlake (Bad Teacher) having emerged as the most recent contenders for the parts of Curly and Larry, respectively.

The Three Stooges were originally an American vaudeville act in the early 20th century, before they became known for their short films, which were quite heavy on the physical comedy and cartoonish slapstick. It’s also been known for a while that¬†the structure of the movie will¬†essentially amount to a collection of three half-hour episodes that revolve around the Stooges at different stages in their lives.

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The original trio of Stooges.

Variety also indicates that the The Three Stooges will be the rare PG-Rated effort from the Farrellys’, and will feature the same breed of physical humor as that of the original Stooges shorts. That’s an interesting revelation, seeing as that even the filmmaking siblings’ previous PG-13 pics like Dumb and Dumber, Shallow Hal, or Stuck On You pushed the boundaries of good taste, and were still quite heavy on raunchy material.

Given that the Farrelly’s recent R-Rated releases like The Heartbreak Kid and last month’s Hall Pass are generally considered more uninspired and gross than hilarious, could not pushing the comedy envelope help the duo to get their groove back? It could be a refreshing change of pace for the Farrellys and Fox will certainly approve, since a PG-Rated Three Stooges will appeal to a much wider moviegoing demographic than a Jackass-style adaptation would.

Raunchy comedy fans need not fret too much, though, since there will probably still be plenty of double entendres and winks to the adults in the audience in the Three Stooges pic – after all, this is still a movie by the Farrellys that we’re talking about here.

Look to hear more about The Three Stooges in the near future.

Source: Variety

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  1. And there goes any chance of me ever seeing this movie.

  2. Please, no.

  3. Hey DaVinci,

    We’re gonna take your awesome picture… ya know, that Mona Lisa one? And we’re gonna make it more like, um… trendy and modern. Ya know, like give it a “reboot”. Wadayasay? Huh!? I mean ,cause.. it’s old. And we want to bring it to a new generation…

    My point is… don’t jack with perfection.

    • Well said.

      And the new “Mona Lisa” will have a big, lip-smacking grin, with bee-stung lips, too much makeup, thousands of dollars of plastic surgery, a low-cut blouse to show off her “new” cleavage, an I Heart something tattoo, wind-blown hair and a skanky wrap along with bare shoulders.

      In other words, she will be a big expensive mess, completely lacking the nuance and subtlety of the original. And people will love it so much more, shell out money to see it again and again, and talk about how boring the original, but that this new Mona Lisa is THE BEST PAINTING EVER!!!

  4. The guy from the Jackass series? How do you cast him for other stuff when hes been there? They are aiming for jackass viewers for this movie?

  5. OMG no please!!!!!!!

  6. If they want to revitalize The Three Stooges, just show the original shorts before. Like the did when they originally came out.

    But that wouldn’t get the studios more $$, I guess. Why let the sacredness of originality stand in the way of making a buck.

  7. “His out of control man-child screen persona is practically the modern-day equivalent of the character.”

    Absolutely not. Not by a long shot.

  8. What a far cry from Benicio Del Toro, Sean Penn and Jim Carrey.
    Instead, it might be Johnny Knoxville, Will Sasso and Justin Timberlake?
    How far this idea has fallen. Time to pack it up, guys.
    With Del Toro, Penn and Carrey, there could have been great acting behind the funny mugs, as well as the possibility for depth and substance — a very intriguing mix just waiting to be tapped.
    But now? It sounds like a made-for-TV skit lengthened into a two-hour movie, or a straight-to-DVD cheap rental.

  9. DId you just say depth? It’s the Three Stooges. It’s about as deep as a puddle. And I still love it.

    • But for a modern-day take on it, even if it’s just a tribute-style movie, with a talented cast, it could still be a smart take on slap-stick comedy.
      That’s what I meant by depth. There are some “dumb” comedies which have a smart idea behind them, or heart, but then there’s just dumb comedy for the sake of dumb comedy, such as pretty much all SNL skits, or what you find on Jackass.
      Having smart, talented actors play the roles itself could be the depth or substance, sort of turning convention on its head.

  10. Awe What the HELL!?? The original line up cast was perfect, Benicio and Penn already look like Moe and Larry, it would have been awesome to see Jim Carrey gain weight to play the role of Curly. This project is an EPIC FAIL!!

  11. Knoxville and Timberlake in a Three Stooges movie? …Jesus. Hollywood is just… I can’t even…

  12. WOW Guys… Theres some negative energy here! : ) Your acting like they announced a remake of “Its a Wonderful Life” starring Channing Tatum! Come on, it’s the Three Stooges. Its supposed to be stupid and fun. Did you actually think they’d get two Oscar winners to play Moe and Larry? I think they’d have a better chance of getting the original Stooges back together. lol

  13. I’m laughing too hard to write anything coherent. Perhaps that’s the genius behind the effort to bring this to the screen…