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Shrek could have been a very different movie

I loved all of the Shrek movies, and every once in a while I’ll go back and watch them, because Mike Myers just did a great job!

Now – did you know this? Chris Farley was originally picked to be the voice of “Shrek.” He recorded a lot of the dialog before he, very sadly, passed away and was replaced by Mike Myers.

Mike Myers will now always be Shrek, but in a brand new clip, you can see how good Chris Farley would have actually been in the role.  It’s test footage, featuring a very ra, and crudely-animated Shrek, but it’s clear they hired the right guy at the time – especially with what we now know they were going for. You can watch it here:

As you can see and hear, Mike Myers didn’t veer too far off when he took the roll over after Farley’s passing.

Here’s another clip that has surfaced, with more polished animation.  But Shrek looks very different than how he ended up in the movie.  He’s thinner and has really gnarly teeth. I, for one, am glad they changed his look! In this clip, he’s beating up a would-be mugger and grooving to the James Brown classic “I Feel Good”.

-Carla Rea

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  • Shrek's accent was originally going to be Canadian

    Shrek was originally going to have a Canadian accent –  like Mike Myers – but roughed up a bit to sound more ‘ogr-ish’ Eventually however, Mike, who has Scottish ancestry, decided he wanted to go with a Scottish accent, and that’s how Shrek’s unique voice came about.

  • Mike Myers's love speech was real

    At the end of the first movie, when Shrek tells Fiona he loves her, Mike Myers actually recorded the lines with his real life wife, in order to make them sound authentic. So when he says he loves her, he really means it! 

  • Shrek was meant to look very different

    Early drafts of Shrek show him looking a lot more ogry, with a red nose, long tiny ears, missing teeth and sandals? He looked goofier and less like the Shrek we know and love now. 

  • Shrek is a German word

    The name ‘Shrek’ comes from the German word ‘Shreck’ which means ‘fear’ or ‘terror’.  Shrek wasn’t actually scary, just a bit grumpy.

  • Shrek has a Hollywood Star

    It’s not just real people who can get Hollywood stars, but fictional characters can have them too! Shrek was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010, and Mike Myers made a speech for the occasion. You can see it yourself in L.A.!

  • Shrek was going to be real

    Not so much “real,” but live action mixed with CGI. So Shrek would be CGI but human characters would be, – human? They even started working on the concept, but test audiences didn’t really take to it. And if you think about it, it would’ve been kinda weird if Shrek was animated and Fiona was human.

  • Shrek is rumored to be based on a real person

    Some say Shrek’s look was actually modelled on a real person, specifically, French boxer Maurice Tillet, who was famous in the 1930’s and 40s. Tillet had a disorder which gave him bigger hands, feet and face than usual, although he was only 5 ft 9′. Google him – it’s not hard to see that his similarity to Shrek is entirely possibility, though it’s never been confirmed. 

     

  • Shrek saved DreamWorks

    Before Shrek came along, DreamWorks was struggling to find its identity as a studio. Shrek’s mix of humor, parody and pop culture references made it famous and helped DreamWorks thrive and make more films with the same mix of fantasy and comedy, including How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Foo Panda. Thanks Shrek! – you made it happen, and keep happening!

  • The film makers went above and beyond the call of duty

    Some members of the movie’s development team actually took mud showers to study the movement of mud. Art director Douglas Rogers visited a magnolia plantation for research, and was chased away by an alligator.