The Three Stooges are one of the most beloved comedy acts in history, and only a directing team as ambitious as the Farrelly Brothers could take on a new, updated film version of the Three Stooges without a huge outcry from fans of the original Stooges.  The Farrelly Brothers are used to creating comedies like the hits Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, Shallow Hal, and There’s Something About Mary. Originally box office stars Sean Penn, Benicio del Toro, and funnyman Jim Carrey were tapped to play the famous Stooges Larry, Moe, and Curly. There is some uncertainty as to whether or not Carrey will sign onto the project but it is rumored that Sean Penn and Benicio del Toro have committed to bringing the famous Stooges back to the screen for a modern, updated version of their classic comedy routines.
The Three Stooges started back in the 1920s when they were supporting players in a vaudeville act. They stole the show from the star who hired them to take his good natured abuse and be his comedic straight men in his act. Originally when the three were offered a movie contract they were unable to take it because the star they were working for refused to let them go and threatened to sue the movie studio for trying to take his intellectual property. The Stooges left the vaudeville star and struck out on their own using their own comedic routines and found great success. However they did return to work with their original employer several times over the course of the next few years, until he died under mysterious circumstances in the late 1930s. By that time the Stooges were already in great demand thanks to their appearance in many movie shorts and in full length pictures too. Audiences loves their timeless slapstick routine and the antics of Larry, Moe and Curly.
After 24 years producing some of the most beloved comedy shorts and comedic routines in history the Three Stooges were unceremoniously dumped by their film company, Columbia. The performances of the Stooges were nearly forgotten until a resurgence of productions from that era like the Our Gang shorts and Laurel and Hardy routines in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Then the Stooges found an entirely new audience and enjoyed success all over again, even though by that time they were no longer performing together because of various illnesses and the death of the original Curly due to complications from a stroke.
Larry, Moe and Curly will be back in 2010 and die hard Stooges fans are divided on whether or not current actors, even great comic actors like Jim Carrey, will be able to recapture the naiveté, innocence, and slapstick humor of the original Stooges. The types of films and comedy routines that were popular in the 30s and 40s may not appeal to modern, more sophisticated audiences. On the other hand audiences may embrace the simple, classic humor as a reminder of  a simpler time.  Only time will tell if audiences will once again fall in love with the laughable, loveable Three Stooges.


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