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Caroline Kimberly Scott, who plays one of the nuns in the beginning of the movie, is the great-granddaughter of Moe Howard, one of the original The Three Stooges.
In the film, Moe is in charge of the seed money. In reality Moe Howard would keep track of all of The Three Stooges' finances--Larry Fine liked to play the horses and Curly Howard would spend much of his money on women, so Moe made sure that some of their money was invested for when their careers ended. Moe himself retired a wealthy man.
In the 1970s, Mel Brooks sought to write and direct a Three Stooges movie starring himself, Marty Feldman and Dom DeLuise as Moe, Larry and Curly. The trio eventually made Silent Movie (1976) instead.
Jim Carrey was originally cast as Curly, but didn't want to wear a fat suit, and decided he was too old to gain the necessary weight without risking his health.
When Curly says the line "Why doesn't Larry go?" his voice sounds a bit off. This is because Will Sasso became hoarse from doing the Curly voice take after take.
The orphanage is shown to be founded in 1934, the same year The Three Stooges began their series of shorts for Columbia Pictures, which continued until 1958.
The movie uses the same special sound effects that was used in the original Columbia Pictures The Three Stooges shorts..
Voice actor Billy West (who based the voice of Stimpy from The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991) on Larry Fine) worked on-set as a dialect coach for Sean Hayes, who was playing Larry.
Many of the scenes shown in the trailers are different takes not used in the actual film.
Justin Timberlake auditioned to play Larry.
The directors--or, rather, two actors playing the directors--reveal at the end of the film how the physical comedy was done. Similarly, in real life The Three Stooges went on television several times, after incidents of children hurting each other while imitating the Stooges' eye-poke, head slaps, etc., to reveal how to eye-poke without hurting anyone.
Jeff Daniels, James Marsden, Woody Harrelson and Matt Besser were considered for the role of Larry.
The film was in development for over 11 years.
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Larry David, who plays Sister Mary-Mengele, played "Larry" in several Three Stooges take-offs on his former live comedy sketch show Fridays (1980) on ABC.
The movie is split into three episodes, which have an introduction much like the Columbia Stooges shorts--a picture of each Stooge along with the name of the episode and with the same opening theme song.
Russell Crowe turned down the role of Moe.
During the "dentist" scene early in the movie, the three boys claim to be "dabbling in the arts" when Mother Superior comes into the room to summon them to lunch. Two of the three are doing things that mirror interests in the real Stooges' lives. Moe is reading, something (according to his brother Jack) he loved to do. Larry is playing the violin, at which the real Larry Fine was quite proficient (initially the violin training was in response to a childhood accident), indeed good enough that his parents seriously considered sending him to Europe to study at a music conservatory.
Bobby Moynihan auditioned for the role of Curly.
Hank Azaria, Johnny Depp and Mel Gibson were considered for the role of Moe.
Chris Diamantopoulos who plays Moe was born five days after the real Moe Howard died.
Sean Penn was cast as Larry Fine but dropped out to spend time with his family.
An earlier draft of the script had Moe appearing on Queer Eye (2003) though this was eventually changed and updated to be the Jersey Shore (2009) series instead.
In this film, Craig Bierko has a large mustache and works with a woman named Lydia. This is a direct reference to Groucho Marx of The Marx Brothers, a comedy trio that made films around the same time as the real three stooges. Groucho wore a greasepaint mustache in most of his films and performed the song "Lydia the Tattooed Lady" in At the Circus (1939).
Benicio Del Toro was originally cast as Moe.
Johnny Knoxville and Andy Samberg were also attached to the film.
The Three Stooges trying to save their old orphanage is a plot taken directly from the old The Three Stooges Nintendo Entertainment System game.
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Cher was considered for the role of Mother Superior.
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The script at one point contained a cameo role for Seth MacFarlane as himself.
The song playing when the infant Stooges are dropped at the orphanage is "Road Runner" by Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers. Richman is one of the street guitarists in There's Something About Mary (1998), also directed by Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly.
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Jerod Mayo and Troy Brown of the New England Patriots play the two "gang bangers" whose pants are falling down. The Farrelly Brothers often include New England sports stars in their movies.
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Near the end of the film, Curly's pet rat Nippy makes the trademark sound that Shemp Howard makes in the original The Three Stooges shorts.
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Shane Jacobson was considered for the role of Curly.
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The actors in this film are much taller than the actual stooges. The real Moe and Larry were both 5'4" and the real Curly was 5'5". Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes and Will Sasso are 5'9", 5'11" and 6'3" respectively.
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The pool scene at the end of the movie was filmed at the Huntcliff Pool and Stables.
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Paul Giamatti was rumored to play Larry Fine.
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Johnny Depp was rumored for a role.
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David Samson, president of the Miami Marlins, can be seen throughout the Anniversary Party scene sporting his 2003 World Series ring.
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Originally set to be an MGM production, this moved over to 20th Century Fox when MGM went bankrupt.
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Bill Chott was in consideration to play Curly.
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Richard Jenkins was rumored for a role.
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Tommy Snider was considered to play the role of Curly.
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