Fans got a glimpse at how different a movie ‘Shrek’ could have been, after audio from one of original voice actor Chris Farley’s recordings surfaced online.
Nowadays, it’s difficult to imagine Shrek without Mike Myers’ faux-Scottish accent behind the character, but the comedian actually wasn’t the first choice to play the loveable ogre.
Chris Farley tragically died of a drug overdose in 1997, but it’s said that he recorded roughly 80-90% of his dialogue prior to his passing. Instead of hiring someone to finish Farley’s recordings, DreamWorks replaced him with Austin Powers star Myers, who has gone on to voice the character in four Shrek movies.
And the re-discovered audio clip gives an insight into Farley’s different interpretation of the ogre.
Speaking to Yahoo, producer John Garbett said:
Originally the Shrek character was a little bit more like Chris, like a humble, bumbling innocent guy.Advertisement
The fascinating footage shows one of the movie’s many conversations between Shrek and Donkey, and the scene shows flashes of a more vulnerable (and American) Shrek than would end up on the big screen in 2001.