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Jim Carrey explains why he dropped out of The Three Stooges

11.12.2010by:

When actors leave projects, you usually don't get to hear a reason why other than the usually mentioned "creative differences." But when Jim Carrey left the Farrelly brothers THREE STOOGES film it seemed like it would have been a perfect fit, but talking to MTV, he explains his rationale behind his departure from playing Curly in the film.

“For me, I don’t really want to do anything halfway, and I don’t feel like a fat suit does it,” said Carrey. “I started experimenting with it a little bit, and I gained 35, 40 pounds. I wanted to gain another 30, 40. When you’re [Robert] De Niro in your 20s or early 30s, you can kind of come back from that. It’s a tough thing to come back from when you’re upwards of 30. Your body can’t carry it or you can have a cardiac arrest.”

Yes, unless you're an insane person like Christian Bale, it's probably not the best to gain and lose 60-70 pounds. But Bale is 36, and Carrey is pushing 48 at this point. If he was younger I'd probably yell "where's your commitment? Do it for the craft!" but I can hardly blame a guy who's almost 50 not wanting to add 50% to his BMI for a part that could end up killing up.

No word on why Sean Penn left the project as well, but presumably it's because he didn't want to part with his facial hair.

Extra Tidbit: Who would make a good Curly? A beardless Galifianakis?
Source: MTV

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7:14PM on 11/13/2010

Me. Myself and Dieting

Jim is super smart for this decision. The health implications are great, and honestly a fat suit would have worked just fine, especially with today's level of sophistication. Check out my thoughts:
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Jim is super smart for this decision. The health implications are great, and honestly a fat suit would have worked just fine, especially with today's level of sophistication. Check out my thoughts:
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2:40PM on 11/13/2010
The idea of a movie has been a weird idea to me. I just never quite understood the need or how it could work. but what do I know...lol
The idea of a movie has been a weird idea to me. I just never quite understood the need or how it could work. but what do I know...lol
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9:28AM on 11/13/2010
Hey, Carrey would have been great, but the guy's health comes first. Sean Penn sucks. I wouldn't be surprised if he responded to this comment in anger himself just by my saying that.
Hey, Carrey would have been great, but the guy's health comes first. Sean Penn sucks. I wouldn't be surprised if he responded to this comment in anger himself just by my saying that.
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6:32PM on 11/12/2010

Jerome Howard might do a good job as Curly.

The Farely Bros should got back to their original idea of having mentally handicapped people play the parts.
The Farely Bros should got back to their original idea of having mentally handicapped people play the parts.
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5:59PM on 11/12/2010
Look @ near 48 I don't blame Jim. They should have originally brought in -Kevin James-Paul Giamatti and William H. Macy
Look @ near 48 I don't blame Jim. They should have originally brought in -Kevin James-Paul Giamatti and William H. Macy
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5:20PM on 11/12/2010
Wasn't Jack Black and/or Will Ferrel attached to this?
Wasn't Jack Black and/or Will Ferrel attached to this?
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5:17PM on 11/12/2010
Man I'd love to see him do Curly. This blows.
Man I'd love to see him do Curly. This blows.
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2:07PM on 11/12/2010
Anybody remember the made for tv movie with Michael Chiklis as Curly and Evan Handler from Californication as Larry?
Anybody remember the made for tv movie with Michael Chiklis as Curly and Evan Handler from Californication as Larry?
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1:37PM on 11/12/2010
I haven't been much of a Carrey fan post Eternal Sunshine, but cheers to him for deciding he didn't want to screw up his body. As much as I love Bale as an actor, I'm sure he's screwed his system up royally with the crazy on/off weight gains. There's gotta be a point where you realize you're sacrificing your well being for a paycheck.
I haven't been much of a Carrey fan post Eternal Sunshine, but cheers to him for deciding he didn't want to screw up his body. As much as I love Bale as an actor, I'm sure he's screwed his system up royally with the crazy on/off weight gains. There's gotta be a point where you realize you're sacrificing your well being for a paycheck.
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1:02PM on 11/12/2010
Touche. Bale is a beast. Little disappointed but my overall respect for Carrey well overshadows this by many miles. Not a big deal, but disappointing.
Touche. Bale is a beast. Little disappointed but my overall respect for Carrey well overshadows this by many miles. Not a big deal, but disappointing.
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12:56PM on 11/12/2010
Would have been fantastic for the role. Fuck Sean Penn.
Would have been fantastic for the role. Fuck Sean Penn.
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12:21PM on 11/12/2010

shame

i cant blame him, but i for one think he would have been incredible in this role.
i cant blame him, but i for one think he would have been incredible in this role.
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