It's only fitting that a big-screen adaptation of 'The Three Stooges' be plagued with a myriad of irksome setbacks. They were, after all, men often derailed by bickering and lovingly absurd physical violence. But at some point, it might be time to quit. The Farrelly Brothers' take on the Stooges has been around for over four years, and in that time, we've gotten the holy shocking triumvirate of Sean Penn, Jim Carrey and Benicio Del Toro cast as the leads, Penn backing out to focus on his family, Paul Giamatti flirting with the gig as Carrey backs out, and then Penn back in.

Now, Jim Carrey has spoken out about the film, why he backed out and the current status of the production. If you were hoping for any glimmer that this would all fail -- this news will be it. Hit the jump.
Carrey told MTV: "I think it's dead," before adding, "It's dead at least to me."

There wasn't any creative difficulties that led to this exit, but rather the weight gain for the role. Carrey explained: "For me, I don't really want to do anything halfway, and I don't feel like a fat suit does it. I started experimenting with it a little bit, and I gained 35, 40 pounds. I wanted to gain another 30, 40. When you're [Robert] De Niro in your 20s or early 30s, you can kind of come back from that. It's a tough thing to come back from when you're upwards of 30. Your body can't carry it or you can have a cardiac arrest."

Of course, he's right, though one has to wonder if it's also the worth of gaining the weight and taking on those health risks. Is there any star out there who would consider gaining eighty pounds just to play Curly for the Farrellys? Carrey quite bluntly states that it isn't worth it.

Does this free up the role for someone more suitable, or is this the hint that the Stooges should stay with the original cast? Weigh in below.
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