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Johnny Knoxville, Andy Samberg, and Aussie actor Shane Jacobson on the shortlist for The Three Stooges

01.07.2011

The long in-development THREE STOOGES feature film from The Farrelly Brothers has gone from out of left field A-Listers in the form of Jim Carrey, Benicio del Toro, and Sean Penn; to... well, possibly this.

TheWrap is reporting that Johnny Knoxville (JACKASS 3D), Andy Samberg (FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS), and Australian actor Shane Jacobson (KENNY) are on the shortlist to presumably play Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Curly Howard respectively. And while this is not finalized casting by any means, it is a good indication of the direction Fox and the Farrellys will be taking with the film. In fact, names like these jibe with what Peter Farrelly said in a recent interview:

"The script is ready to go, and we are opening up these roles to the world right now. We'll make it with the best possible people. Our feeling is that no star is too big to audition and no matter who it is, we're going to have to see him in the role. This is not The Flintstones. You've got to be Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard, and that could be a major movie star or an unknown."

What's slightly more interesting to me, though, is this bit that TheWrap reveals:

"The plan is to divide the PG-rated film into three, 27-minute segments driven by physical comedy, with a start date of March 14."

PG? Three 27-minute segments? Whaaa?

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12:57AM on 01/10/2011
You know, the fact that they're keeping it PG gives me more hope for this film. If it was one of their raunchy R rated films I'd be totally against it.

And I'm a HUGE Stooges fan...
You know, the fact that they're keeping it PG gives me more hope for this film. If it was one of their raunchy R rated films I'd be totally against it.

And I'm a HUGE Stooges fan...
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11:47PM on 01/09/2011

anyone else think Jacobson looks kinda like John Travolta in that pic?

hmm... This could be good or it could be bad. Hot Rod was hilarious, and Knoxville has done some funny films. I don't know anything about Jacobson. I would have rather seen a bio pic though!
hmm... This could be good or it could be bad. Hot Rod was hilarious, and Knoxville has done some funny films. I don't know anything about Jacobson. I would have rather seen a bio pic though!
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11:39PM on 01/08/2011
I Told My Girlfriend, An Avid Stooges Fan, Who Was Sitting Across The Room About The Possibility Of Andy Samberg And Johnny Knoxville Playing Larry & Moe, And She Literally Screamed "FUCK!" For A Minute Straight And Scared The Cat. She Has Spoken lol
I Told My Girlfriend, An Avid Stooges Fan, Who Was Sitting Across The Room About The Possibility Of Andy Samberg And Johnny Knoxville Playing Larry & Moe, And She Literally Screamed "FUCK!" For A Minute Straight And Scared The Cat. She Has Spoken lol
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6:19PM on 01/08/2011
This sounded so much better when Penn, del Toro, and Carrey were signed on. it actually had caliber then...

Now it just seems like it's gonna be 3, 27 min. bad SNL skits...
This sounded so much better when Penn, del Toro, and Carrey were signed on. it actually had caliber then...

Now it just seems like it's gonna be 3, 27 min. bad SNL skits...
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2:30PM on 01/08/2011

Interesting

I was always hesitant about this because the casting always sounded so terrible, but to have a cast like this, and maybe have it made in the vein of Hot Rod, so that it is completely ridiculous and absurd is probably the only way to go about it.
I was always hesitant about this because the casting always sounded so terrible, but to have a cast like this, and maybe have it made in the vein of Hot Rod, so that it is completely ridiculous and absurd is probably the only way to go about it.
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11:47PM on 01/07/2011

I think if done right, this movie could be awesome

All of the 3 Stooges films have been 27 minute segments (This is probably the length that programming required back then). They never did feature-length films, like the Marx brothers. So, this is roughly as approrpriately as this can be done. The three stories will all be unrelated, other than the main actors.
All of the 3 Stooges films have been 27 minute segments (This is probably the length that programming required back then). They never did feature-length films, like the Marx brothers. So, this is roughly as approrpriately as this can be done. The three stories will all be unrelated, other than the main actors.
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11:42PM on 01/07/2011
NO!!!!!!!!!!! Not Johnny fucking Knoxville!!!!
NO!!!!!!!!!!! Not Johnny fucking Knoxville!!!!
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11:21PM on 01/07/2011

What The FUCK?!?

please for the love of god leave the stooges alone, look at what they did with the honeymooners. you are just going to fuck up the name against which all slapstick is benchmarked.
please for the love of god leave the stooges alone, look at what they did with the honeymooners. you are just going to fuck up the name against which all slapstick is benchmarked.
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6:51PM on 01/07/2011
I dig Knoxville in Jackass.. that's about it.
I dig Knoxville in Jackass.. that's about it.
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5:59PM on 01/07/2011

Fail!

The farelly Brothers are not great by any means. in my opinion the only semi funny/good movies they made was "theres Something About Mary" and "Kingpin". Theres no way this film can be good.
The farelly Brothers are not great by any means. in my opinion the only semi funny/good movies they made was "theres Something About Mary" and "Kingpin". Theres no way this film can be good.
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5:17PM on 01/07/2011
Nyuck Nyuck Fail
Nyuck Nyuck Fail
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4:09PM on 01/07/2011
lol this sounds beyond awful.
lol this sounds beyond awful.
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4:04PM on 01/07/2011

Samberg

I refuse to watch anything that has that no-talent ass clown in it
I refuse to watch anything that has that no-talent ass clown in it
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1:33PM on 01/07/2011
I'm cool with this.
I'm cool with this.
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12:31PM on 01/07/2011
Will it surpass the original TV series? No. So what's the fucking point?
Will it surpass the original TV series? No. So what's the fucking point?
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12:28PM on 01/07/2011

PLEASE NO

The only way, I MEAN THE ONLY WAY a "Three Stooges" film could work is if it's a biopic. And despite the credentials aof Penn, Carrey, and del Toro, that was a bomb in the making. AND NOW YOU GOT THESE CLOWNS? HAHA. I have zero interest in this movie. The original t.v. show can't be re-created and make people laugh. The material is out-dated. But a behind the scenes about these actors? I'd be on board with that.
The only way, I MEAN THE ONLY WAY a "Three Stooges" film could work is if it's a biopic. And despite the credentials aof Penn, Carrey, and del Toro, that was a bomb in the making. AND NOW YOU GOT THESE CLOWNS? HAHA. I have zero interest in this movie. The original t.v. show can't be re-created and make people laugh. The material is out-dated. But a behind the scenes about these actors? I'd be on board with that.
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11:55AM on 01/07/2011
Did you say "shortlist" or "shortbus" ?
Did you say "shortlist" or "shortbus" ?
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10:46AM on 01/07/2011

Knoxville looks pretty damn close to Moe

But why won't this idea die? There was a great biopic that was on ABC with Chiklis as Curly that ran a couple of years ago. It also was up for Emmy's. Perhaps Hollywood has heard of it?

I wish this idea would go away but I like this cast more than the original. Yeah, I know call me weird, but Sean Penn as Larry? Benecio and Carrey as Moe and Curly? Count me out. Don't look or sound a damn thing like them.
But why won't this idea die? There was a great biopic that was on ABC with Chiklis as Curly that ran a couple of years ago. It also was up for Emmy's. Perhaps Hollywood has heard of it?

I wish this idea would go away but I like this cast more than the original. Yeah, I know call me weird, but Sean Penn as Larry? Benecio and Carrey as Moe and Curly? Count me out. Don't look or sound a damn thing like them.
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10:24AM on 01/07/2011
They just won't let this project die will they?
They just won't let this project die will they?
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9:01AM on 01/07/2011
Knoxville and Samberg actually don't sound like bad choices to me.

And we definitely know Knoxville can physically act like an idiot and pull off goofy stunts.
Knoxville and Samberg actually don't sound like bad choices to me.

And we definitely know Knoxville can physically act like an idiot and pull off goofy stunts.
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10:32AM on 01/07/2011
lol! yea at this point they could probably hand the project over to the Jackass clan,they'll show ya how it's done.
lol! yea at this point they could probably hand the project over to the Jackass clan,they'll show ya how it's done.
8:10AM on 01/07/2011
Stupid Idea! gonna suck butt all around
Stupid Idea! gonna suck butt all around
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7:45AM on 01/07/2011
Where's Will Sasso?! that's an affordable Curly IMO. Casting has obviously become an issue of $$$. I like 2 of the 3 mentioned,my picks probably would want too much cash for a film that most likely be mediocre? Samberg =good call for Larry. Knoxville another good call for Moe. I'm not familiar with Jacobson?
Where's Will Sasso?! that's an affordable Curly IMO. Casting has obviously become an issue of $$$. I like 2 of the 3 mentioned,my picks probably would want too much cash for a film that most likely be mediocre? Samberg =good call for Larry. Knoxville another good call for Moe. I'm not familiar with Jacobson?
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7:00AM on 01/07/2011

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wow...from Penn, Carrey and Del Toro...



to this????
wow...from Penn, Carrey and Del Toro...



to this????
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6:58AM on 01/07/2011

God No

If this is the cast, the movie is going to bomb.
If this is the cast, the movie is going to bomb.
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