Inspired

HE humbly and wholeheartedly agrees with New York’s Vulture squad that Tom Cruise would be the best guy to replace Sean Penn-as-Larry in the Farrellys’ Three Stooges movie. God, what a beautiful idea! I read this a couple of hours ago and have been in the best mood since.

36 thoughts on “Inspired

  1. Is this supposed to be just a straight comedy done in the three-stooges-fashion or some sort of odd biopic-comedy like Milos Forman’s “Man on the Moon”?

  2. In what time warp/parallel universe does this movie exist? Has anyone read the script?

    What would be really interesting is a look at Ted Healy, the Stooges and Hollywood, circa 34-37.

  3. Tom Cruise cannot be vulnerable enough to play a schmegeggy like Larry. An actor needs Talmudic empathy for such a part.

    Penn would have been great, because Larry requires more nuance than the other two: a fatuous dope with a misanthropic, dyspeptic streak less violent than Moe.

    How ’bout the character actor Ricky Jay?

    Perhaps he’s too old, but he’s an intelligent guy who could provide the visceral air that was transmitted from Larry’s hair.

    I think a lot of people are still interested in the Stooges. But this movie like all movies and basketball teams comes down to picking the right players. Penn is a big loss. Carrey can do all the mannerisms and funny noises like Curly. However, I doubt he can be as lovable as Curly was.

  4. How can you have a stooges movie with no shemp? As far as I know, he won’t be in it. Tom Cruise? Man I had to think about that one. Will Carey put on the weight? Maybe Cruise could do it, but I think people are too skeptical of him. Don’t know if I will watch w/o Shemp. He was a big part of the stooges, how can he not be included?

  5. TEMPORARY THREAD HIJACK

    Skimming through my latest issue of Moviemaker magazine this morning I came upon this gem on page 68:

    Oxford Film Festival

    …The fest’s true spirit was on full display during the awards ceremony, which managed to blend an Oscar-style, large screen presentation with a wry, self-effacing sense of humor, including a fake award for the now infamous hissy fit thrown by one critic who decided to take his ball and go home when his hotel’s Internet connection got spotty. But no one needed that guy around to appreciate the appeal of this charismatic little festival.

    I spit my morning coffee all over the wife’s cat when I read that.

  6. Don’t know why the Cruise haters wouldn’t be on board with this. If Cruise plays Larry, you’d get to see del Toro humiliate him by ripping out his hair, poking him in the eyes and hitting him in the head with various objects like hammers and shovels. Repeatedly.

    What self-respecting Cruise hater wouldn’t want to see that?

  7. Cruise would have to be convinced his career is really in the shitter to do this, and he doesn’t strike me as someone with even a semi-firm grasp of reality.

  8. IMO, It’s looking more and more that this thing will turn into a Carrey vehicle. Not that the other two won’t get laughs, much like Daniels did in D&D, but the actors will be much down the food chain. Del Toro will soon drop out and they’ll start talking to Gervais, McBride, Galifianakis, etc. And the movie will probably be better for it.

  9. Any studio that puts money into this concept is out of its mind. A Three Stooges movie in 2009, starring three non-Jewish, over six foot tall (assuming Carrey, Del Toro and ????) actors does not work. A Stooges movie can only work as a period piece set in the 1930′s, in black and white, segmented into three shorts, and starring three Jewish men under the height of 5’5″.

  10. George Prager Author Profile Page says …

    The only thing that could excite me more would be a Three Little Pigs sequel.

    Posted by George Prager Author Profile Page at June 19, 2009 10:00 AM

  11. George Prager Author Profile Page says …

    I stand corrected. That could actually be trumped by another entry in the underrated Three Men and a Hooker series.

    Posted by George Prager Author Profile Page at June 19, 2009 10:01 AM

  12. George Prager Author Profile Page says …

    Assuming there would be rampant nudity, of course — preferably of the male variety. That goes double for the Pigs sequel.

    Posted by George Prager Author Profile Page at June 19, 2009 10:02 AM

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    George Prager Author Profile Page says …

    I loved the ending of THE ABYSS, when Ed Harris’ little submarine was rescued by a huge gob of purple taffy. That was awesome.

    Posted by George Prager Author Profile Page at June 19, 2009 11:02 AM

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    George Prager Author Profile Page says …

    Never use Miracle Whip when you are making tuna salad. It’s the worst. Always use mayonnaise.

    Posted by George Prager Author Profile Page at June 19, 2009 11:12 AM

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    Charlie Kaufman Author Profile Page says …

    Okay, fuck this — this thread is officially too meta for even me.

    Posted by Charlie Kaufman Author Profile Page at June 19, 2009 11:04 AM

  16. Who the hell keeps time on this site, anyway? The clock here is at least 10 minutes off. It’s 2009, for f’s sake, how is this possible?

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    I am not mad at that.

    Posted by George Prager Author Profile Page at June 19, 2009 10:16 AM

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  18. If the Oxford FF can immortalize Jeff, then why not Sundance?

    On topic, I’m thinking Cuba Gooding Jr. as the bug-eyed, racially offensive black guy who showed up periodically in Stooges episodes.

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