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One element was critical to bringing the Stooges to life in the newly released remake of ‘The Three Stooges’ — the familiar sound effects (“Boink!”) that take the trio’s hijinks to new heights of hilarity. To recapture that aural magic, the filmmakers recreated the classic sound effects from the old two-reelers.
The Farrellys, along with their longtime film editor Sam Seig, worked closely with John Larsen, a veteran sound editor whose 90 film and TV credits include ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World’, to recreate the classic sounds that amplify the film’s slapstick moments.
Principal photography on ‘The Three Stooges’ began in May 2011, on location in the greater Atlanta area. The company concluded filming on July 22 at the popular marine life park, Miami Seaquarium, in Florida – on “porpoise” — to capture a scene in the facility’s dolphin tank.
During the ten-week shoot, the production bounced all over the metro Atlanta area, with two key locations chosen for the shoot — the Ryals-Davis Home, a 300-acre spread in the northwest suburb of Cartersville, which dates back to 1850 (it was a hospital for wounded soldiers during the Civil War) and served as the orphanage in the film’s story; and a 30,000 square foot Buckhead mansion (on the market during filming for $20 million) dubbed “Big Poppa’s House,” which hosted cast-and-crew for two weeks for a big, action-packed party sequence.
At the end of the day, the filmmakers have brought The Three Stooges’ unique brand of humor to modern-day moviegoers. “We’re giving audiences something they’ll have a great time with,” says Chris Diamantopoulos.
“The movie is old-fresh,” adds Sean Hayes about the film’s comedy. “You don’t have to be a fan of The Stooges to relate to our modern version.” Adds Will Sasso: “The characters are based on the original Three Stooges, but, this is a movie for everybody because it has emotion and heart.”
“We knew it was going to be funny,” Peter Farrelly states about the project, which was very dear to his and his brother Bobby Farrelly’s hearts. “And, when we shot it, and put in the sound effects with the great performances we got from our cast, it just totally came to life. We honestly feel in our hearts that Moe, Larry, and Curly will be looking down on us and be happy we did this film.”
To which the latter would have added: “Soitenly!”
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