Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Sean Penn as Larry Fine? Could be...

Sean Penn is one of the best actors of this generation. There can be no debating that. His body of work speaks for itself.

However, when there were reports that he may play the role of 'Larry Fine' in a film about the Three Stooges, I didn't think it was a good fit. In the film, Jim Carrey is expected to play Curley and Benicio del Torro may play Moe.

Then again, my own personal prejudices may be clouding my judgment. I do not agree with Penn's politics, and it is sometimes difficult to separate a person's value system from what his job is.

If this film does take place, it will certainly be fascinating. Like most men my age, I grew up watching the Stooges. When I was a boy, television stations in Nashville and Huntsville, Ala., fed us a steady diet of Stooges on Sunday mornings.

But as I wrote a couple of paragraphs ago, maybe I am totally off base here. Maybe Penn will walk away with the Academy Award for Best Actor for his gut-wrenching portrayal of Larry.



shemp said...

I agree that is a weird choice. Cant wait to see him get poked in the eyes by Moe.

Joltin' Django said...

Sean Penn is a fine actor -- and an objectionable human being -- but I see him playing Larry Fine about like I see Tim Robbins playing Barney Fife in a biopic.

It just ain't gonna work.

(And I remember watching the Stooges and Little Rascals on Sunday mornings 'fore I had to get ready for church.)