Farley Died Before Finishing Shrek and Myers Was Hired to Replace Him
Most people don’t know that Chris Farley was cast as Shrek. Perhaps even lesser known is the fact that he completed a majority of his dialogue. It may have been easy to move forward, with the film serving as a final testament to the man’s career, putting a final climax on his legacy. But DreamWorks Animation decided to recast Farley. They brought in Mike Myers to replace him, who gave Shrek a very different dialect and persona.
The rest, as they say, is history.
At the time, DreamWorks Animation certainly didn’t know what a humongous hit it had on its hand. In hindsight, replacing Chris Farley makes total sense. Shrek has spawned three sequels with a fourth on the way. There have been many animated shorts featuring the character, and even an amusement park ride. All of which feature Myers providing the voice. Had Farley been used in the first movie, it would have cause a problem for future installments, as a sound-alike would have been brought in for such an iconic role. And it just wouldn’t of had the same weight it does today.
Watch the 1997 Story Real featuring Farley and Eddie Murphy here:
What do you think – would Farley’s Shrek equaled or surpassed Myer’s?