Giamatti distances himself from Three Stooges rumours
Oscar winner Penn quit the project last week (begs15Jun09), in addition to forthcoming drama Cartel, after announcing he was taking a break from his movie career to spend more time with his family and work on his troubled marriage to actress Robin Wright Penn.
However, Bobby's brother Peter Farrelly confessed they'd already offered the part to another star - although he refused to reveal any names.
The Sideways star's representative has also denied Giamatti will be signing on to the movie project, telling E! News columnist Marc Malkin there have been no talks between the two parties.
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