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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sean Penn to Portray Another Gay Icon? Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk!

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 4:24 PM

Never thought you'd read the words 'Three Stooges' and 'Oscar' in the same sentence? You just did.
  • Never thought you'd read the words 'Three Stooges' and 'Oscar' in the same sentence? You just did.

Erm, maybe not. But the word on the Web is that Sean "Best Actor" Penn will be playing Larry in a big screen homage to the Three Stooges.

Let's all let that sink in for a moment. Sean Penn -- who may be the greatest actor of his generation and just won Best Actor for the second time -- has been linked to a movie about The Three Fucking Stooges.

Oh, it gets better. Benicio Del Toro has been bandied about as a possible choice for Moe, while Jim Carrey could get the nod for Curley (too bad it's not the other way around; that way Carrey could just recycle his Lloyd Christmas haircut).

Jeez, how many Oscar-nominated actors do you need for folks to take a Three Stooges vehicle seriously? By the way, the Stooges themselves visited the Biltmore Theater on New Lots Avenue in Brooklyn my mother attended as a child. Her overriding memory -- the stooges were incredibly short (also, unlike any of the actors mentioned above, they were incredibly Jewish: Moe's real name was Moses Horwitz; Curley was his brother Jerome Horwitz; Larry was Louis Fienberg; Shemp was Samuel Horwitz; and Joe Besser was Joe Besser. You're telling me there's no room for David Paymer in this film? How about a little respect for the mischpoche, nu?).

By the way, it will be interesting to see if this film, like Penn's last, Milk, concludes with the protagonist being shot through the head. Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.   

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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