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Bad Habit? Larry David Slated to Play Catholic Nun in Next Film

Larry David. (X17Online.com)

Larry David. (X17Online.com)

Larry David, the man who enraged Catholic groups in 2009 when he urinated on a portrait of Jesus Christ in his HBO show “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is reportedly poised to play – wait for it – a Catholic nun in the Farrelly Brothers upcoming take on the classic film “The Three Stooges.”

According to Deadline.com, David is sealing the deal to play Mother Mengele – the head nun who runs the orphanage where the Stooges grow up and developed their wild ways.

Some are not amused.


“[Having David play a nun] is supposed to be funny. It's not though. Maybe they can call it ‘Curb Your Bigotry’ and have David play himself realizing the error of his ways and joining a religious order,” Dan Gainor, VP of Business and Culture at the Media Research Center told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. ““Hollywood is reflexively anti-Christian and especially anti-Catholic. Tinseltown celebrates its hate for the Catholic faith in movies, TV and pop music.” 

“Glee” star Jane Lynch has already officially signed on to a role in the production, which is slated to start filming this month, DE1 while “$#*! My Dad Says” star Will Sasso is said to be taking on stooge Curly Howard, “24” actor Chris Diamantopoulos is being considered to play Moe, and “Will & Grace” star Sean Hayes has been confirmed as the next on-screen Larry.

A rep for David did not respond for comment.

Another entertainment industry expert said the prospect of David donning a Habit and looking the part of a lady isn’t so far-fetched.

“’The Three Stooges’cast continues to get more and more inspired. Setting a Jewish guy to play a nun certainly sounds like David is playing against type,” Deadline reporter Mike Fleming wrote. “I served two tours of duty in Catholic elementary schools, and now that I think of it, Larry David in a Nun's Habit pretty much squares with my memory of how all of those teachers looked back then.” 

Comedy aside, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League of America hopes the film doesn't go too far satirizing Catholicism. 

“There is nothing wrong with poking gentle fun at priests and nuns in film or in the theater. But when it is done to the exclusion of any reverential treatment, it smacks of an agenda,” he said. “To say that Hollywood is not exactly enamored of Catholicism would be a gross understatement.”


Hollie McKay has been a FoxNews.com staff reporter since 2007. She has reported extensively from the Middle East on the rise and fall of terrorist groups such as ISIS in Iraq. Follow her on twitter at @holliesmckay