Guess who was originally cast to voice Shrek?

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by Hayley Kadrou |
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We’re so used to associating Mike Myers with the voice of Shrek, that we actually picture the big green ogre whenever we hear Mike’s voice. But did you know that late comedian Chris Farley was originally cast for the role?

No, neither did we.


That is until this clip surfaced the net, which shows some early sketches from the DreamWorks Pictures hit alongside the voices of both Eddie Murphy and Chris Farley.

And it’s pretty good to be fair! But the Chris-Shrek seems a little more laid back than the angry Scottish Mike-Shrek that we’ve grown fond of over the years.

According to* Entertainment Weekly*, the Saturday Night Live comedian had recorded up to 90% of the first film, which was apparently written with him in mind, before he tragically died of an overdose in 1997.

Chris in his 1997 film Beverly Hills Ninja
Chris in his 1997 film Beverly Hills Ninja

The video has been hidden within the depths of the internet for over two years, but it blew up and caught the world’s attention after making it’s way onto Reddit recently.

Shrek, which came out in 2001 and was followed up with a further 3 films in 2004, 2007 and 2010, and serves as a fairy tale parody loved by kids and adults alike.

It currently stands as the 12th highest grossing franchise of all time.

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