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Six Flags Magic Mountain hosts competition to promote upcoming movie

Posted: April 2, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 2, 2012 1:55 a.m.

The young Three Stooges, from left: 11-year-old Andrew Cruz as Curly, Henry Bush, 13, as Larry, and 12-year-old Tanner Barnes as Moe, pose for photographers after being named contest winners at the Six Flags Magic Mountain promotional event Sunday.

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April Fool’s Day became “April Stooge Day” at Six Flags Magic Mountain Sunday when film promoters invited park visitors to dress up like Larry, Moe and Curly.

About half a dozen look-a-likes representing each of the iconic trio’s slapstick characters took the stage inside Magic Mountain for an event designed to promote both the movie and the park.

A handful of “Larrys” — most of them sporting wild hair on either side of a receding hairline — were asked to give their best “family friendly insult.”

A tiny cluster of park visitors clapped for their favorites.

Next up were the event participants dressed like “Moe” — many with bowl-cut hairdos and bow ties.

They were asked: “What dance they would perform to avoid jail time?”

The response demonstrated by 12-year-old Tanner Barnes was to fall to the ground for an impromptu worm dance.

He and his two other child actor pals — Andrew Cruz, 11, as “Curly” and Henry Bush, 13, as “Larry” — were named competition winners.

“I was pretty surprised to be chosen,” Barnes said leaving the stage.

The three kids said they honed up on their slapstick last night, watching classic black-and-white episodes of “The Three Stooges.”

The Three Stooges were an American comedy act,
rooted in vaudeville and slapstick, known widely for their use of slaps and eye pokes.

They starred in 190 short-subject films, most of them produced in the ’40s and ’50s.

Bush was asked what would happen if he poked a classmate in the eye Stooges-style.

“I would be hit in the face,” he said.

As part of the promotion, park officials temporarily renamed their Colossus roller-coaster ride “Curly’s Colossus” and invited all the look-a-likes to ride it free of charge.

The first 500 people arriving at Six Flags dressed like one of the Stooges were given “exclusive ride time” on Colossus and a ticket to the upcoming movie.

“Six Flags Magic Mountain is excited to partner with 20th Century Fox studios to host events such as Three Stooges Day at the park,” said park spokeswoman Sue Carpenter.

“It’s an opportunity  to introduce a new demographic to a classic genre.”

Pete Dimitrakopoulos, director of corporate alliances for Six Flags, said Sunday’s event was a promotion for Six Flags amusement parks across America including: Dallas, San Antonio, San Francisco, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.

“The studio came to us and wanted to promote the film,”  Dimitrakopoulos said walking to Colossus behind Larry, Moe and Curly characters.

“It’s good for them because we get a lot of eyeballs at the park,” he said, referring to park visitors.

“The Three Stooges” film opens in theatres April 13.


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