Behold Curly: Photos from the set of “Three Stooges”

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Will Sasso courtesy Maurice Williams
Will Sasso courtesy Maurice Williams

"The Three Stooges" were never what you'd call highbrow. But who the heck cares? The characters remain enduring symbols of slapstick comedy.

Now, after many delays, the Farrelly brothers are making a "Stooges" film with three relative unknowns in the title roles. On-set pictures of the actors lit up the Web as folks got their first glimpse of Curly in costume.

Played by Will Sasso, perhaps best known for his work on "MADtv," Curly has always been a popular stooge (we mean that as a compliment). His phrase "nyuk-nyuk-nyuk" and his tendency to slap his own head have been imitated by countless comedians.

So how does Sasso look? Longtime fans of the character will be relieved to see that Sasso is the spitting image of the original Curly, played by the late, great Jerry Horwitz. Only time will tell if Sasso "acts" like Curly, but there can be no doubt that he looks the part.

A post from Screen Rant agrees, after seeing the snapshots: "From some of the close-ups, it looks like the Farrelly brothers and their team have done a nice job."

A commenter on the Entertainment Weekly's Inside Movies blog had some reservations of style winning over substance: "Hmmm he's got the look down but that is just window dressing, what really counts is if he can actually act like Curly." Others gave the casting choice a thumb's up: "Will Sasso was hilarious over many seasons on MAD TV - he is funny and fearless." Another added, "This is pitch-perfect casting." A third added, and we quote, "Will Sasso to us MadTV fans is the shiznizle!. Can't wait to see him knock it out of the park!"

You can click here to see even more images from the set.