When you think of the Shrek franchise, it’s hard not to think of Canada’s own Mike Myers and his booming voice as the title character in the Dreamworks films. Well as it turns out in a sad twist, he wasn’t originally supposed to be the star.
That honour went to one Chris Farley, who according to new reports had actually wrapped up 95 per cent of the dialogue for the original film when he tragically passed away in December of 1997.
So why is this coming out now? It’s all thanks to an interview with Farley’s brother, Kevin, which appears in the upcoming doc, I Am Chris Farley.
“Originally the Shrek character was a little bit more like Chris, like a humble, bumbling innocent guy,” Kevin says in the film. “I understand why [they replaced him]. They probably wanted to make Shrek 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, so…”
Indeed, there have been at least five films, plus the made-for-TV specials that have followed.
What’s getting to us is that Farley’s version of Shrek really does sounds completely different from Myers. And not in a bad way. Yup, along with the interview, new footage has surfaced so that everyone can listen to what Farley’s take on the green ogre would have sounded like.
Have a listen for yourself in this video, which features some of the original dialogue between Eddie Murphy‘s Donkey and Farley’s Shrek.