Peter Farrelly Debunks ‘Three Stooges’ Casting Rumors, Offers More Plot Details

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 7th, 2012 at 1:46 pm,

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Whenever I’m at a store and need information on a product, and there isn’t a store employee to be found (looking at you Walmart), I have discovered that a sure-fire way of getting the attention and information I need: just walk behind the counter, stand there and very soon you’ll be swarming with store employees.

The above scenario reminds me of what is happening with Farrelly Brothers’ movie version of The Three Stooges. Fans have heard nothing but bad news regarding the film for months – thanks in part to MGM’s major financial troubles. The actors rumored to be attached to the project at one point all dropped out, and once again fans were left without any information; since then, the Farrelly Brothers and Fox Studios weren’t offering any new information – until now.

A couple of days ago The Wrap “walked behind the counter” and ran an article claiming an “inside source” had the lowdown on Johnny Knoxville (Jackass) and Andy Samberg (Hot Rod) landing on the Farrelly’s shortlist for Moe and Larry. Just like every other piece of interesting movie news, this too traveled the movie blogosphere like wild fire. One problem – Peter Farrelly spoke with Entertainment Weekly a day later claiming the information was both untrue and annoying.

Farrelly had this to say about the rumors and his expectations for casting the right person:

“You don’t want people to think ‘they already cast that thing,’ because we haven’t. It’s wide open to everybody. I don’t want ‘somebody’s version of Moe It’s not like Batman where you can have your own take on Batman.”

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Farrelly went on to say he wasn’t opposed to the idea of Knoxville or Samberg in the roles but adds they haven’t auditioned:

“Right now, I don’t know. There is no leader in the clubhouse.”

It interesting to note during the interview with EW Farrelly never debunks the “rumor” of Australian comedian Shane Jacobson playing the role of Curly Howard. It could have just slipped his mind but for him to be riled up enough to contact EW and personally shoot down the rumors, one would think he would have addressed ALL of the casting speculation. Also, notice how he never specifically says Knoxville and Samberg AREN’t on the shortlist (which is all the initial report said) and simply states they haven’t landed the roles.

In my opinion there is still a good chance the previous news about Knoxville, Samberg and Jacobson could hold water and Farrelly is just playing damage control, but fans should know something concrete in the next month or so as shooting for The Three Stooges is set to begin in April.

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Farrelly’s interview wasn’t completely filled with vinegar, because he dropped some major information regarding The Three Stooges plot line including the encouraging fact they won’t be changing anything about the iconic characters (see what going behind the counter can do?):

“It’s The Three Stooges just like the [old shorts]. They’re going to look the same, dress the same, sound the same, act the same, with the same sound effects.”

As we already know, the film will be shown in three acts of three completely different, yet connected stories:

  • Act I begins with a car driving by an orphanage as a duffel bag is tossed out the window then a nun walks over to investigate. As she opens the bag she is “boinked” in the eye by a babies hand and the rest of first act surrounds the trio’s lives growing up in the orphanage.
  • Act II starts with the fellows as 40-something adults, finally leaving the orphanage and striking out to find their own way in life together. After a familiar series of misadventures, the three friends decide they would be better off going their own separate way.
  • Act III starts off with Moe, Larry and Curly living separate lives – alone and out-of-touch with reality as they find out the hard way that while eye-gouging and nose thwacking is OK to do on each other, most of the general public considers it assault and battery.

While it’s interesting to finally read some more in depth plot details I can’t help but wonder if turning The Three Stooges into a heavy-handed message on life in the real world is the right way to go for the third act. Regardless, the movie should appeal to longtime fans of the original characters and assuming this is a passion project for the Farrelly’s (they have been working on it for 10 years, after all) then the movie should at least be entertaining.

The Three Stooges nyuk, nyuk, nyuks into theaters in 2012.

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  1. “Whenever I’m at a store and need information on a product, and there isn’t a store employee to be found (looking at you Walmart), I have discovered that a sure-fire way of getting the attention and information I need: just walk behind the counter, stand there and very soon you’ll be swarming with store employees.”

    Here in Illinois, we eventually find someone…after a 45-minute search. I actually APPLIED for a Wal-Mart job about 2 years ago…after the interview, I went looking for a movie but found no help in the Electronics dept., so I went looking for ANY employee, eventually finding some 19-y-o in the Jewelry dept., yakking away on the personal cellphone she WASN’T supposed to be carrying while on duty! When clearing my throat didn’t interrupt the conversation, I began a series of staccato taps upon the glass case; this prompted her to ask in an exasperated tone, “What do you WANT? I’m busy here!”. Standing there in my suit and tie (looking for all the world like a possible manager from Corporate), I replied that I’d HOPED to find some customer service.

    She replied, “Can’t you go bug somebody ELSE?”…so I decided to grant her wish; I stepped about three steps away from the counter and loudly yelled, “EXCUSE ME!!!! I AM A CUSTOMER IN THE JEWELRY DEPARTMENT, WHERE SOME IDIOTIC 19-YEAR-OLD IS MORE INTERESTED IN TALKING ON THE CELLPHONE SHE’S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE CARRYING THAN SHE IS IN HELPING ME!”

    4 Managers came running…(well, she DID ask me to bug someone else, right?)

    • I did something similar at Home Depot, but instead of wasting precious energy by shouting I leaned over the counter, grabbed the phone and pressed ‘Intercom’. Surprisingly no access number was needed. Over the speaker system I proceeded to describe my plight after 1 hour and 3 ‘sales’ associates has passed.

      Sorry, no ‘movie’ related contribution on this one… other than I now know what my voice sounds like booming out in a large space. I wonder what my face would look like 15 feet high? I shutter at the thought. No matter the role I would recommend heavy proesthtics for myself.

  2. In regard to casting The Three Stooges. They should take a leaf from the book of old Hollywood. Have a massive and widely publicized talent search for look-a-likes that can act. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what that might mean at the box office. It would also find the appropriate people to play the Stooges. Anyone they seem to be seriously considering look nothing like Larry, Moe and Curly. How do they think they can make that work. Kinda almost don’t count. Going CGI would be better than the way they are going.

  3. Is it possible to have a negative interest in something?

  4. wait a minute……….

    so , they’re rebooting the Stooge’s franchise ????

    all this time I had thought they were going to do bio-pic about the real Stooges.

    I’m kinda bummed out about this movie now.

    • I agree with you totally “rastazen”! I completely assumed (and hoped) that it would be a biopic as well! I’m pretty disappointed to find out that they are just going to ruin a classic!

  5. have jim carrey as moe howard Jeff Daniels as larry fine

    • “Author: alan
      Comment: have jim carrey as moe howard Jeff Daniels as larry fine”

      Sorry…they already did “Dumb and Dumber”, and wisely sidestepped “Dumb and Dumberer”…

  6. i wnat Robert De Niro’s to play moe howard he look like moe please

  7. I thought the TV movie by Mel Gibson was excellent.

  8. I know The Farrellys learned their influence from the beloved Three Stooges, but the Farrellys movies were awful unfunny and disgusting this could’ve worked better as a biopic if Mel Gibson could have used Moe Howard and Larry Fine’s autobiographies about their Stooge days and put them into a well written script by Mel himself and then it goes to show you this own version would’ve proved to become a cult success to know who the real three stooges where.

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