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By a hair's breadth, you might say, the film about the Three Stooges being written and directed by the Farrelly brothers and starring Sean Penn appears to be back on track.

According to the Boston Herald, Penn, who had bailed on the project seven months ago as he tried to save his marriage to Robin Wright Penn, has sent signals that he is ready to rejoin the effort and move forward. Once the contract is inked, Penn will play Larry Fine, the Stooge whose wide, unruly mane of hair made him perhaps most optically distinctive of the legendary comic trio. By a hair's breadth, you might say, the film about the Three Stooges being written and directed by the Farrelly brothers and starring Sean Penn appears to be back on track.

According to the Boston Herald, Penn, who had bailed on the project seven months ago as he tried to save his marriage to Robin Wright Penn, has sent signals that he is ready to rejoin the effort and move forward. Once the contract is inked, Penn will play Larry Fine, the Stooge whose wide, unruly mane of hair made him perhaps most optically distinctive of the legendary comic trio.

The Herald noted that the Farrellys bros had been trying to nudge the project along without Penn, looking to Paul Giamatti to play Fine, but that didn't work out. Benicio Del Toro, meanwhile, is another name understood as tied to the film -- he'd play Moe Howard -- but that contract also needs inking. Crucially, the actor who'll play Curly Howard, the most vivid, natural comedian of the group, a man whose personal life was a succession of spending sprees and marriages to women hungry to dine on the Stooges' fame, is still up for grabs. Jim Carrey had been linked to -- and even started gaining weight for -- the role, but it appears he has moved on.

Some may also question Penn's appropriateness for playing Fine in the first place. Unlike Moe, who often initiated much of the slapstick violence in the Stooges' comedies, and unlike Curly and Shemp Howard, who boasted all kinds of humorous tics, Fine was generally the recipient of a gag -- a compliant straight man. It seems an odd choice for Penn, who projects a lot of forward energy and obvious charisma on the screen.

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