The Three Stooges and my film

I’m not sure anyone would put the Three Stooges and the Salem witchcraft trials in the same category, but I’ve basically cast the guys who light the horse’s farts on fire as Stooges.  In an interview on NPR today with the guys who have just released a new Stooges movie, one thing they said they learned about violent humor came from a scene in their movie Dumb and Dumberer, when an actress was hit in the face with a snowball. They originally showed a little bit of a blood coming from her nose, which it turned out to totally disconcert the audience and they stopped laughing. So they took out the blood, and all was well: the snowball to the face remained funny.  They said that the key to such outrageous violent humor is that no one ever REALLY gets hurt. The thing about my film is that after  this really stupid thing – lighting a horse’s farts on fire – which makes people laugh, the follow-through is that the worst thing possible happens: someone else is blamed and it’s taken seriously enough that she  gets wrongly convicted and put to death. I think the hardest thing for me right now with the movie is how to carry that off without totally tanking the humor.

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