Shrek: Chris Farley Was To Voice The Green Ogre, New Video Reveals
A new video that made its appearance on YouTube shows Chris Farley voicing the character of the green ogre Shrek.
The late comedian can be heard on the video voicing the character prior to his death in 1997 – and before Saturday Night Live featured performer Mike Myers took the role – along with Eddie Murphy who voiced Donkey.
Chris’ impersonation of Shrek came to light after it appeared in the documentary I Am Chris Farley, chronicling the personal and professional lives of the comedian, executive produced by brother Kevin Farley.
The audio suggests that Chris, in contrast to Myers, may have been a better physical match for the character of Shrek.
‘A Big, Stupid, Stinky, Smelly, Ugly Ogre!’
“People see me and they go, ‘Help! A big, stupid, stinky, smelly, ugly ogre! I’m so scared!’ And they judge me before they even know me,” Chris can be heard in the video saying.
As reported by Entertainment Weekly, the character of Shrek was written for Chris, who had recorded almost 90 percent of the lines before his tragic and sudden death from drug overdose in December 1997.
“Originally, the Shrek character was a little bit more like Chris, like a humble, bumbling innocent guy,” Kevin said.
The character was eventually voiced by Myers.
The massive success of the film led to three more sequels, with a fourth one in the works, according to DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.
Screenwriter Terry Rossio applauded Chris’ work.
“We worked with Chris … for over a year, up to the final weeks before his death,” he wrote in a blog post. “What struck me most seeing him work was his willingness to reveal himself, lay himself out bare, over and again, for the sake of his performance.”
Kevin wasn’t disappointed that the studio took Myers onboard for the role.
“The studio needed to do what they needed to do,” he said. “It was a bad time, bad timing… a tragedy. Mike did a great job with Shrek. He knocked it out of the park.”
According to Us Magazine, Shrek the movie has earned $484 million in its international collections since its release in 2001. The movie also spawned the spinoff “Puss in Boots,” with Antonio Banderas returning to the role of the sassy cat.
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