The all-new motion picture, THE THREE STOOGES, in theaters October 24, is a contemporary take on a trio of time-honored boneheads. The film recreates the classic and iconic Stooge sound effects (including "boinks," finger snaps, and palm claps), haircuts and other Stooge-isms- -- while interweaving them with modern-day attitudes, situations and pop culture references.
In the film, we meet the Stooges as newborn "angels from heaven." That's how the nuns characterize the three toddlers left at their orphanage. But when one of the nuns, Sister Mary-Mengele, receives a fierce eye-poke from Moe, which catapults her into the next county, they suspect the new arrivals are anything but heavenly.
Now, years later, their Three Stooges have left the nuns bruised, battered and bewildered. Even worse, it looks like the orphanage will be forced to close its doors due to financial difficulties. But Larry, Curly and Moe, employed as the foster home's inept maintenance men, are determined to come to the rescue. Their quest: raise $830,000 in just 30 days, or risk losing the only home they've ever known.
Q: What can you tell us about the storyline and structure?
A: It reflects the original shorts, with great respect. When you go to see the movie it will be like you’re going to the matinee
back in the day and were watching three Stooges shorts in a row, but instead it will be three acts of a single movie.
Q: Was there any trepidation on your part in playing someone as well known as Curly?
A: Well, it helps to be a bald, fat guy! You know, I’d like to think I had a little bit of cabbage growing on top of my head but
then this project comes along and I had to cut even that half-inch off…
Q: The Curly voice is pretty distinctive too. How did you get that right?
A: The most interesting voice to me of Curly’s is just his normal speaking voice, which emerged the later the Stooges went on. But the first step was, ‘Oh, okay, I can do it. I can do that voice.’ Then it’s about getting it better and better.
Q: The original Stooges roles were very physical – are they equally physical here, and are you doing your own stunts?
A: Any time we slap each other it’s one hundred percent real. And a lot of the rest of it is really intense stuff. We’re getting hoisted in the air a lot on these harnesses that look like rope diapers. It’s insane.
Q: Where do you see The Three Stooges’ legacy?
A: This has probably been said a thousand times, but it’s like what The Beatles are to music, The Three Stooges are to comedy. You can literally draw a parallel from everything that’s going on now back to The Three Stooges. When you talk about these three guys or these three characters and how they work, you think about your favorite comedy and you can find how it applies. The Three Stooges are everywhere.
“The Three Stooges” opens October 24 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.