Digital Spy got on the phone with Bobby to discuss his early memories of the comedy trio, the A-list stars who almost became Stooges and casting Larry David as a nun.
What are your early memories of The Three Stooges and why do you think they continue to capture people's imaginations?
"Well, when we grew up, my brother and me, there weren't as many channels on the TV and we didn't have a movie theatre in our town. So one thing we did enjoy was watching The Three Stooges, they'd show it on the TV because they'd show those old shorts.
"It was one of the things we watched and although they were made in the 1930s, '40s and '50s, they feel so timeless because they made us laugh no matter how old we were - even when we were grown ups. The physical comedy of The Three Stooges just made us laugh a lot.
"Kids today don't really know them, and I think they confuse them with other comedies. They don't really understand how unique The Three Stooges were. We kind of wanted to make this movie to reintroduce them to a generation that wasn't familiar with them."
You've been working on the movie for a long time. How much truth was there to the rumours that you were going to cast Jim Carrey and Sean Penn?
"It is true that we considered everyone that we could think of. We love the Jim Carreys of the world because they're so funny, and we love the Sean Penns of the world because they're good actors. So we kept it open to anyone and everyone, but along the way we did seriously talk about it with them.
"It was really that they weren't right for the parts. We needed people to come in and audition because we needed to see how they would do it. We didn't want to do an interpretation of the original Three Stooges, we wanted to try and capture them as best we could. The three actors we got we thought were the best guys to do it because they were somehow able to channel the original Moe, Larry and Curly."
Did it take a lot of convincing to get Larry David to play a nun?
"We always wanted to work with Larry and we met him on our travels and said, 'We'd love to do something with you'. When this thing came up and we had this ruthless nun, we thought, 'Geez who shall we get to play it?' Then all of a sudden we thought, 'Wouldn't it be fun to have a guy play the nun?'
"Our recollection of nuns was something like that and there were some times when you were like, 'Was that a man?' We thought how funny would it be to have Larry David in a nun outfit. It was fun to work with him and we'd love to work with him again. He's great at whatever he does."
Did you expect the Catholic Church to get so upset about Kate Upton and her nun-kini?
"The day after we did it we felt like the nuns, Sister Mary-Mengele aside, were very generous of heart like Jane Lynch's Mother Superior character. This came up and we wanted to have a different variety of nuns. Kate Upton is so voluptuous and beautiful [that] we thought we would put her in a bikini. When the movie came out, it was before anyone saw it that they saw her in a bikini and the Catholic league came out and said, 'Guys, we object to the nuns', and I remember at the time I thought, 'We object to the priests!'"
How challenging was it to put the slapstick sequences together?
"It was a much more of a stunt-driven movie than we've ever done, and we have to give a lot of credit to our stunt co-ordinator. A lot of the gags, we didn't want to do them with computer effects or green screen. We wanted to do real physical gags like when they're on the roof and the petals fall.
"We could have done it using green screen, but we thought that was cheating because the original Three Stooges would never have had that opportunity. We have to figure out how to do these stunts and to make them believable, but also funny. It was a challenge and it took a lot longer than what we're used to, but it was worth it."
How was it making your own version of Jersey Shore with Snooki?
"[Laughs] We wanted to put these Three Stooges in the modern day, so one thing we [wanted] was reality TV, because it's such a big hit. We wanted to put them into one of these scenarios. We thought it would be good to have Moe around and it would be funny for him to come across these Jersey Shore characters, because he's very quick with his back hand. We actually enjoyed working with those guys, they were very professional and they had a good sense of humour about themselves."
Do you think there is scope to do more Three Stooges?
"We would love to do more, but I think it would be a studio decision. One of the things about the original Three Stooges is they did 250 shorts and each one would be its own entity. There are so many different scenarios you could put these knuckleheads in and make people laugh, particularly kids. We would be very happy to make another one, but we'll see."
Do you think YouTube is a viable method of distributing new Stooges shorts, or would you want them to be in a movie?
"Well, the YouTubes and things are changing a lot about the comedy world. Traditional movie comedies are playing a little bit different to audiences even than they did 10 years ago. There are a lot of comedies that came out over here in the States with big names that don't perform as well as they would have done traditionally.
"I think that has to do with the fact that even on the internet you can entertain yourself. There are no shortage of things and I think audiences are getting used to seeing things that are [of] a shorter timeframe without the set up of a traditional movie. But what I think the Stooges do well is they do a lot of little bits, and they can be funny in different scenarios."
The Three Stooges opens in UK cinemas on August 22.