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Jim Carrey Quit "Three Stooges" Due to Weight Gain

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Jim Carrey has opened up about his decision to quit the Three Stooges movie - he feared gaining weight to play chubby character Curly would cause him drastic health problems.

The funnyman began binging on desserts after signing on to play the larger-than-life Stooge, opposite Sean Penn and Benicio del Toro in the long-awaited film. But Carrey admits he was forced to pull out when he realised he wouldn't be able to lose the pounds he'd piled on. He tells MTV.com,

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"There wasn't any creative difficulties that led to this exit, but rather the weight gain for the role. 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 (weight gain). 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."

Penn also bowed out of the project last year (09), citing personal reasons.

Jim's got a point, playing around with your body weight as you get older can cause serious harm - even if you're in your twenties. It's not like putting on nail polish - just can't put it on and take it off whenever you want.  I think he would have been great as Curly - let's see who they put in the role.