Sean Penn Thinks He's Funny

March 25, 2009

The new Three Stooges film that's going to be helmed by the Farrelly Brothers has been in development for a while, and lots of people have wondered about who exactly is being lined up to play the Stooges. It's going to come as a shock to many that none other than Sean Penn is going to play Larry in the movie. Last time Penn made anyone laugh was probably in Fast Times at Ridgemont High as Spicoli, but that was a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Penn also starred in 1989's We're No Angels, though it's debatable just how funny that movie turned out.

Jim Carrey is vying for the role of Curly, and apparently he's in the process of gaining 40 pounds so he'll look the part. This casting actually makes a lick of sense.

More confounding casting, however, is the news that MGM, the studio backing the picture, is going after Benicio Del Toro to play Moe. Did these executives just draw names out of a hat?

Variety reports:

The film is not a biopic, but rather a comedy built around the antics of the three characters that Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Howard played in the Columbia Pictures shorts.

They go on to say:

The surprise is the emergence of Carrey to play Curly. Howard established the character as a seminal physical comedian, from the first time he appeared in the first Stooges short in 1934 until he suffered a stroke on the set in 1946.

Is it just me, or is Carrey the only actor who isn't a surprise? The man is, after all, actually a comedian. This is looking like it's going to be one heavy-duty, uber serious Three Stooges flick.

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