The Farrelly Brothers’ long-awaited film featuring Moe, Larry, and Curly will be released next April
Oy. I’ve been worried about this film ever since it was announced that the cast of “Jersey Shore” was appearing in it. The Farrelly Brothers have been trying to make a film about the Three Stooges for ages and are finally getting their wish after more than a decade of Development Hell (the film switched studios, endured various bankruptcies and takeovers, and changed its cast multiple times). This is not a biopic—one of those was already made back in 2000, a TV-movie produced by Mel Gibson, of all people (Gibson is a huge fan of the Stooges).
The new film will present three new Three Stooges episodes set in the present day. 20th Century Fox has just released this teaser poster for the film, which is scheduled to open on April 4, 2012. (Yes, the studio logo is intentionally cropped.)
Brothers Moe and Curly Howard (Moses and Jerry Horwitz) along with Larry Fine (Louis Feinberg) were the nice Jewish boys who became the phenomenon known as the Three Stooges, beginning in vaudeville in the 1920s, appearing as comic relief in many feature films in the 1930s and 40s, and later finding their niche in a series of slapstick shorts. After Curly suffered a debilitating stroke in 1946, he was replaced by another brother, Shemp.
At various stages in this film's development, actors such as Benicio del Toro, Sean Penn, Hank Azaria, Jim Carrey, and Adam Samberg were rumored to be taking on the lead roles. The actual cast will feature Chris Diamantopoulos as Moe, Sean Hayes as Larry, and Will Sasso as Curly. Besides the “Jersey Shore” personalities, there will be cameos by Jane Lynch as the Mother Superior of the boys’ childhood orphanage they are trying to save, Larry David as Sister Mary-Mengele (ouch), Jennifer Hudson as Sister Rosemary, and Sofia Vergara as some kind of hot babe.
I hope I’m wrong about this film and that Bobby and Peter Farrelly’s stamina and devotion to the project pays off. And hey, who knows? Maybe Snooki will be revealed as a true comic genius. “Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!”