CINEDELPHIA interview with Gary Lassin, founder of the Stoogeum. Asking about the 2012 film.
C: Do you have any thoughts on the upcoming Three Stooges film?
GL: Y’know, I’ve gone 180 and 360 on this film. It’s a film that doesn’t need to be made, it’s a film that a lot of the fans don’t want to see made, but in the long run I think it’s going to be a good thing even if it stinks. It’s going to generate some new people and interest; it’s hard to get publicity for a property where the main players have been dead for 50 years. In Hollywood it’s still good publicity even if the film is a bomb. If an actress goes to rehab, that’s not bad for her career. Lindsay Lohan gets arrested tomorrow, that’s not hurting her career, she’s in the news, that’s good for her. Same thing for this film. I think the Farrellys honestly want to do a good job, I think their heart is in the right place, but their task is somewhat impossible. Is it going to be funnier in color? Are these impersonators going to be better than the originals?
I think the thing that bothers me the most about it is that they’re calling it a Three Stooges film. It’s not a Three Stooges film, it’s three people playing the Three Stooges. The Stooges are different than a lot of other properties. James Bond wasn’t a real person, Sherlock Holmes wasn’t a real person. Different people can play those roles and legitimately bring something to the table. But the Stooges were real people, Moe Howard was a real person, so a person portraying Moe Howard can’t bring anything new or good to the table because they’re not Moe Howard. To me, it’s sort of like getting four musicians together, putting them in a studio, and putting out a new Beatles album. This is being billed as the first new Three Stooges movie in 50 years. No, it’s not a new Three Stooges movie, it’s a movie called The Three Stooges. So maybe it’s just semantics, but I think the Farrellys are going to do as good a job as anyone could do.