This is legitimately the craziest news I’ve heard all year, but hey, y’know, it’s only March. To wit: the Farrelly Brothers — makers of such fine films as There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, and Shallow Hal — have announced the casting for their upcoming Three Stooges remake. Hold onto your wigs, folks.
Larry: Sean Penn. Moe: Benicio Del Toro. Curly: Jim Carrey. Akela: dumbfounded.
Now, to set the appropriate level of WTF, consider this. Sean Penn is an Oscar winner with directorial credits to his resume, and famous for his strong political stances on all manner of touchy issues. Benicio Del Toro is one of those enigmatic, brooding actors who excels in anything he decides to do, but is broadly known for being brilliant and indefinable. And Jim Carrey is Jim Carrey, known for playing such characters as Jim Carrey.
I guess what I’m saying is, this is either the most brilliant casting ever known to mankind, or potentially Ishtar-level who-greenlit-this-piece-of-crap debacle fodder. Being the forward thinking genius that I am, I choose to believe the former. Because either way, we’re going to see some stretching — Penn and Del Toro being slapstick-funny, or Carrey being … oh, wait, sorry. No stretching there.
Seriously, everyone knows that comedy is much harder to pull off than drama, which we know those first two guys can do. So unless The Three Stooges (and is that even a word anymore? When was the last time you heard your teenager call someone a stooge? Probably right before he said “23 skiddoo”) turns out to be the code name for an elite Black Ops team of “fixers”, we’re gonna see something bizarre and amazing when this thing hits.