Jim Carrey Declares Farrelly Brothers' The Three Stooges "Dead"
11.12.10 by Ryan
It seemed like some kind of outrageous experiment when writer/directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly first revealed that the cast for their The Three Stooges movie would include Sean Penn as Larry, Benicio Del Toro as Moe, and Jim Carrey as Curly. Fans quickly voiced their displeasure or, at least, their astonishment at the unusual casting choices.
Once the dust settled, however, Penn left the project, citing "personal reasons," leaving the cast unfinished. Paul Giamatti was soon announced as Penn's replacement, until Penn returned to the movie earlier this year, having settled his personal affairs. Carrey's participation in the movie, however, was in doubt. In a recent interview with MTV, Carrey called the project "dead."
I think it's dead. It's dead at least with me.
Carrey's plan was to gain weight to play the hefty character of Curly, but eventually decided his body couldn't take it.
For me, I don't really want to do anything halfway, and I don't feel like a fat suit does it. 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, 35? Your body can't carry it or you can have a cardiac arrest. Put that with Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro slapping me in the head all day long, and someone will lose an eye. It won't be good. It'll be like Midnight Express. It'll be awful.
Carrey is likely to be replaced, since Del Toro and Penn are still on board.