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Rare Clip Of Chris Farley As Shrek Discovered


A rare clip of an early storyboard reel for Shrek, featuring Chris Farley as the titular ogre, has been going viral this week. For four years, the video had been an undiscovered part of the Vimeo account of someone who worked on the picture as a development producer.

Farley was originally meant to voice Shrek, and as his brother Kevin told Yahoo Movies, he got nearly all of his dialogue recorded and finished before he overdosed and passed away in 1997. As you’ll see, though, Shrek himself was a different character in these early days: he was more of a misunderstood average Joe that just happened to be repulsive to the peasants — more like Wreck-It Ralph than the gross, short-fused ogre he became (albeit with a heart of gold, of course). His death resulted in an overhaul of the entire script and his dialogue could no longer be used. Mike Myers was hired instead. The idea to make Shrek Scottish came from Myers.


Kevin has never been able to hear the discarded recordings. When asked if it was disappointing to lose one of Farley’s last performances, Kevin said “The studio needed to do what they needed to do. It was a bad time, bad timing… a tragedy. Mike did a great job with Shrek. He knocked it out of the park.

“I understand why [they replaced him]. They probably wanted to make Shrek 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, so…”