Three Stooges Cast: Paul Giamatti is Larry; No Carrey for Curly

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2013 at 4:33 pm,

three stooges Three Stooges Cast: Paul Giamatti is Larry; No Carrey for Curly

The Boston Globe recently caught up with the Farrelly Brothers (in town to see Paul McCartney perform in Fenway Park) and took the opportunity to get the lowdown on how their recently-announced feature-film of The Three Stooges is coming along.

The production hit a road bump earlier this year when Sean Penn, who was set to star as zany middleman, Larry, dropped out of the film due to personal reasons.

Since losing Penn, there’s been wide speculation and name-tossing about who should replace him as Larry, as well as continued inquiry into the early rumors that Jim Carrey would playing the most loony Stooge of them all, Curly.

Well, the Farrellys managed to provide answers on both fronts:

Actor Paul Giamatti (American Splendor, John Adams) has signed-on to replace Penn as Larry in The Three Stooges, joining the already-cast Benicio Del Toro, who will be playing the Stooges’ no-nonsense leader, Moe. As far Jim Carrey completing the trio as Curly: sorry Stooge fans, the Farrellys shot that down as pure rumor.

No word yet on who will be taking on the daunting task of playing Curly (the character IS a comedy legend). However, since it’s pretty much what we do here at Screen Rant, lets have a bit of fun and discuss amongst ourselves which actors we think would make a good Curly in The Three Stooges. My personal preference: Russell Crowe. You heard me.

Three Stooges is still in development and is aiming for release sometime in 2010.

Source: Boston Globe via Slash Film

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  1. Paul Giamatti looks like perfect casting.
    I’m not sure about Benicio Del Toro,
    however he does look the part.

    I hear you on Russel Crowe.
    He can play anything and
    could make Curly real.

    It is interesting it took this long
    to shoot down the Carrey casting
    to what is now called ‘pure rumor’.

    The Farrellys sound like the source
    of the rumor which served to create
    necessary buzz for this to begin with.

  2. How about Donald Gibb (Ogre from Revenge of the Nerds)? Moe is the clueless know-it-all, Larry, the spastic lemming, Curly is the oaf! Gibb could nail that!

  3. Ok, I don’t usually criticize movies before they come out, I like to wait to see them before I make up my mind. However, I just don’t understand this idea. Remaking a movie or tv show is one thing, sometimes they’re good, sometimes not. But I mean the Three Stooges ARE the Three Stooges. I don’t see just putting someone else in their place and them still being the Three Stooges. Trying to replace a character that was created from that actor or comedians own persona just doesn’t work from what I’ve seen. Thats like saying lets remake the Carol Burnett show….hmmm who are we going to get to play Carol Burnett…..no one can play her, but HER! Otherwise you’re just imitating them, and some people just can’t be imitated. For instance, to me that’s why the Pink Panther movies with Steve Martin don’t work. No one can play Inspector Clouseau but Peter Sellers, because Clouseau WAS Peter Sellers. The character just doesn’t work any other way. I’m interested to see how they do this Stooges movie but……..I don’t know.

  4. @ Wikamo

    I felt the same way at first, but then the rumors started spreading about the cast. I would have absolutely loved to see Del Toro, Penn and Carrey as the three stooges.

    It’s a shame Penn is out, but Giamatti seems like a good choice. Of course, David Paymer is absolutely PERFECT for the role.

    Curly’s tuff. I’m leaning towards Mark Addy, though.

  5. Well…I still don’t see how I’m going to be able to see any of them as the Three Stooges, but…if I was picking someone to fill Curly’s shoes, I’d have to say Michael Chiklis from the Commish. I’ve seen him in some comedy stuff and he can be pretty goofy when he wants to be.

  6. I was kind of thinking that there are at least a couple of guys that would be able to pull off a manageable Curly,

    I would offer up

    Jack Black
    Drew Carey

    I would concur that Addy and Chiklis might be able to do a very good job as well.

    I guess that there’s no room for Shemp is there?

  7. If Jack Black never does another movie I will be happy!
    Chiklis and Drew Carey (a good idea)are too old…But really–I’m curious–why are they making a Stooges movie? Is it to tell their background history-there already was a movie out based on the book “Minnie’s Boys.” It was a pretty sad story though.

    This movie is for the old folks, I’m thinking–can a young audience actually dig the Stooges?

    Benicio Del Torro?? Where did that casting come from? Russell Crowe would be interesting, but the other two can’t be any more attractive than Larry–all three (four with Shemp, five with Curly Joe) were not exactly attractive.

  8. Just the thought of Crowe as Curly made me laugh.
    Why not?
    There have been far worse casting decisions in the history of cinema.

  9. My vote is for Michael Chiklis too. Not only does he have the looks for Curley, he already played him about 10 years ago in a TV movie.

    What no Shemp? He was a Stooge before Curley. Del Torro as Moe? I don’t get that. I know casting is tough, but these guys were brothers (except Larry).

  10. @SteveL,

    I didn’t know that about Chiklis. Now I feel even better about my suggestion. Yes…Chiklis it is…Michael, you’re hired!

  11. You’ve got to be KIDDING, right? Some things CANNOT be remade. Is this more of a bio movie?

  12. What about Brain baumgartner as Curly? He plays “Kevin” on the US version of The Office. Has the look, maybe not the zaniness but then again maybe he does.

  13. I get kind of tired of Jack Black, but he always plays the same character. If he actually acted like Curly, I think he could pull it off. I’ve never seen him do any imitations, but Kevin James also has the build and seems to have the agility to do a decent Curly as well.

  14. how about james gandolfini for curly?

  15. Well, I think that there is one person on TV that it’s a modern version look alike of Curley, and on top of that he is even Jewish American from NY! His name is eating star, ” Andrew Zimmern ” from ” Bizarre foods!!! My wife kept telling me how much Andrew looks like Curley and yes it’s true, he does have a very natural look of Curley and you can tell that he is a very funny man naturally. That he is not an actor true, but with some training I am soitenly sure that he can be a natural Curley!!! Go for it Andrew!

  16. You know it’s a funny thing-(not ha ha funny)that after all the bruhaha over the Last Airbender being racially insensitive over the casting, that no one is concerned that the Stooges are not being cast with Jewish Americans. Because when it comes down to it, it is solely the actor’s ability to portray these beloved icons of comedy, just as it is in the Last Airbender to portray those much beloved characters of animation.

    Just an observation on a Sunday afternoon.

    And I agree that guy who eats weird food is Curly-like! Curly was a cute and cuddly type. Okay, maybe cute and cuddly were not the best choices of words.

  17. Two words…Seth Rogen

  18. Jim Carrey I saw, he gained weight to play Curly. This was recently. So, the Boston Globe is dead wrong.

  19. Jack Black is such a one note. I think The Three Stooges movie could be great, but now (with Penn out and Carrey out [his wife confirmed he was preparing for the role, how could it be a “rumor”?) I’m not so sure

  20. When I read about the Three Stooges movie for 2010, I thought immediatly of Michael Chiklis- He has played Curley before in a tv movie about the lives of the Three Stooges, and I believe he did a great job. Giamati, I think would do good as Larry, though I don’t think he really looks like Larry, and who knows, Del Toro could surprise me as Moe.

  21. SteveL says:
    August 10, 2009 at 3:39 pmMy vote is for Michael Chiklis too. Not only does he have the looks for Curley, he already played him about 10 years ago in a TV movie.

    What no Shemp? He was a Stooge before Curley. Del Torro as Moe? I don’t get that. I know casting is tough, but these guys were brothers (except Larry).

    SteveL does make a valid point: the original Stooges were all brothers, except Larry, and Curley Joe…

  22. Actually, brilliant casting! Del Toro as Moe is perfect..he has the look, the acting skills and the comedic chops..he will definitely surprise a lot of people. Paul Giamatti is one of the best character actors around..Larry’s special skill was in his ability to react to his circumstances..Giamatti has an expressive rubber-like face that will be perfect as Larry. As far as Curly is concerned, although Jim Carry could have pulled it off, I was always fearful there would have been more Jim Carry and less Curly if he played the part. My vote for Curly goes to Will Sasso from MAD TV. He has the exact same child-like abilities and tendancies that Curly was a natural at. He may not be a big name, but he is the best actor around today to play the part!

  23. Go Stooges Go!

  24. Jack Black……period.

  25. Del Toro truly looks like Moe. Seriously. Do a search and look at their eyes. Brilliant. Sean Penn is also perfect for Larry. (Giamatti, is a good actor, but he doesn't look like Larry Fine.) Most of the people mentioned to play Curly (who are comedians) will undoubtedly have too much of their own schtick ooze through (Jim Carrey, Jack Black, Drew Carey, etc.). I am intrigued with the notion of Russell Crowe, though. This tough guy has the right kind of boyish cuteness in his eyes and smile. I think he could pull it off.

  26. Del Toro truly looks like Moe. Seriously. Do a search and look at their eyes. Brilliant. Sean Penn is also perfect for Larry. (Giamatti, is a good actor, but he doesn't look like Larry Fine.) Most of the people mentioned to play Curly (who are comedians) will undoubtedly have too much of their own schtick ooze through (Jim Carrey, Jack Black, Drew Carey, etc.). I am intrigued with the notion of Russell Crowe, though. This tough guy has the right kind of boyish cuteness in his eyes and smile. I think he could pull it off.

  27. Del Toro truly looks like Moe. Seriously. Do a search and look at their eyes. Brilliant. Sean Penn is also perfect for Larry. (Giamatti, is a good actor, but he doesn't look like Larry Fine.) Most of the people mentioned to play Curly (who are comedians) will undoubtedly have too much of their own schtick ooze through (Jim Carrey, Jack Black, Drew Carey, etc.). I am intrigued with the notion of Russell Crowe, though. This tough guy has the right kind of boyish cuteness in his eyes and smile. I think he could pull it off.

  28. I prefer not let Russell Crowe play Curly. My parents knows someone else who is perfect as Curly and his name is Will Sasso. Mr.Sasso is actually perfect to play Curly. He’s got a bald head, big weight, and can sound just like Curly. Please agree with me to this comment.

  29. I say Steve Carell as Moe because Steve has the black hair, short body and can give off a mean look. I say Rob Schneider as Larry because he looks he could be Larry’s grandson, he’s got the hair and eyes of Larry Fine. I agree with having Jim Carrey play Curly because Jim Carrey is hyper and a show stealer like Curly and not to mention that Jim did a pretty good impression of Pee Wee Herman on “In living color”, so Jim is perfect for the job. I say Steve Martin as Shemp because he’s they look a little bit alike and they kinda act the same. I say Jack Black as Joe because when Jack did the voice for the shark in Shark Tale, he almost sounded just like Joe. Kevin James as Curly Joe because Kevin looks like Curly Joe if he was 20 years younger.

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