The animated Shrek franchise was a huge success, with Austin Powers star Mike Myers voicing the loveable Ogre with a Scottish accent. Many fans of Shrek have been made aware of a little bit of Hollywood trivia over years: originally Shrek was voiced not by Myers, but by fellow Saturday Night Live alum Chris Farley. However as the first Shrek film was in production in 1997, Farley tragically died at the age of 33.
Last week we shared with you what it would have been like if Farley had starred in the new Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation film (Awwwwesome!) Now, here is some of the audio of Farley playing Shrek opposite Eddie Murphy as Donkey. It sure would have been a different film:
That was awesome.
For Chris Farley fans this is the Holy Grail of lost footage, or at least the hubcap from the van down by the river.
Chris is said to have completed at least 90 percent of his voice work for the role that at the time matched more of his personality. However instead of figuring out a way to finish the remainder of the film without him (ala Furious 7 with Paul Walker), DreamWorks decided to recast and rewrite Shrek with Myers and the new version of the film eventually came out in 2001. He would go on to voice Shrek in three more films. Chris Farley’s brother Kevin told Yahoo News that:
“Originally the Shrek character was a little bit more like Chris, like a humble, bumbling innocent guy.”
What do you think? Would this Farley version of Shrek have been a better Shrek?
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Source: The Daily Dot