Saturday, March 28, 2009
Paging Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard
The Farrelley Brothers, the masterminds behind There's Something About Mary, Kingpin, and Dumb and Dumber, are preparing to make another movie. A movie about the Three Stooges. I would be okay with this, and I would be willing to give them the benefit of the doubt because I think these guys are funny, and they've shown they can do slapstick humor, but...
Then I saw the cast. And all benefit of the doubt just went out the window. This is a mistake. A mistake on Speed Racer as a live action film scale.
The big casting coup is multiple best actor Oscar winner Sean Penn, who is set to play Larry. Jim Carrey has signed on to play Curly. And the brothes are pursuing Bennico Del Torro to play Moe. (There's no info from the story on who will play Shemp or if his character will even be in the movie.)
Yes, you read that right.
Now this is supposed to be a biopic, so there's going to be drama as well as comedy, but still...
Just because Sean Penn says he'll do the movie is no reason to cast Sean Penn. It's been over 20 years since Penn has done a comedy -- besides a guest spot on Two and a Half Men -- and he's not displayed any ability to do slapstick, physical comedy. The same with Del Torro, of whom I'm also a fan. I just can's see Penn as Larry, or Del Torro as Moe. Carrey makes sense, though I see him as Moe more than I do as Curly, but the rest of this cast, no, it just doesn't work.
I'm not the studio funding this thing, though, and if this is how they want to spend their money, then fine. Just don't expect my support.