August 6, 2015


Chris Farley Was Going to Play Shrek, and Now You Can Hear It

It's been almost two decades since Chris Farley passed away at the age of 33; in 2001, four years after his death, a little movie called Shrek took over America. The titular green ogre was voiced by Mike Myers doing a now-famous Scottish brogue—but it was originally supposed to be Farley in the lead.

"He did 99 percent of the film and then passed away," Chris' older brother Kevin Farley—who looks eerily like Chris—told Yahoo, adding, “Originally the Shrek character was a little bit more like Chris, like a humble, bumbling innocent guy,”

Now Reddit has given us the chance to hear what that was like. Listen to a clip, set to storyboards, above.

So Farley didn't do the accent; he did, however, have nice chemistry with Eddie Murphy, who left Saturday Night Live six years before Farley started. Myers and Farley were SNL cast mates for five years; the veracity of the following is debatable, but IMDb's Shrek trivia tells this tale: 

"When Mike Myers came on board, he insisted on a complete script rewrite to remove any vestiges of Chris Farley's involvement. Myers didn't want to be influenced in any way by Farley's interpretation." 

A long piece over here corroborates the info, along with giving a long version of the Farley/Shrek tale. The documentary I Am Chris Farley is playing in a handful of cinemas right now; it'll air on Spike on Aug. 10.