The Three Stooges movie, which will soon be opening at a theater near you, is puzzling in many ways. Why try to recreate a trio so iconic to American culture? Is Hollywood so devoid of creativity that it cant find something new? More important, if you are going to make such a movie why not cast the starring roles with a contemporary trio of individuals who, in their own way, are every bit as comedic as the originals?
With apologies to Moe Howard, Curly Howard and Larry Fine, certainly the movie producers could do no better than Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.
For months, these three have appeared in a hilarious television series on most of the major networks. They have toured the country displaying their comedic talents to millions. They have presented statements and ideas even more outrageous than the originals. Moreover, they need no writers. They seem to think up this stuff all by themselves!
All that we could hope for is that they add some slapstick physical comedy to their routines. How hilarious would it be to see Newt poke Rick in the eyes? Or to see Mitt slap Newts head and stomp Ricks foot? How could it fail?
The actors in the new feature film have some big shoes to fill.