Today, it's hard to imagine anyone other than Mike Myers playing the voice of everyone's favorite Ogre, DreamWorks' Shrek. You can't even read the words "That'll do, Donkey. That'll do." without hearing Myers' distinctively gruff Scottish accent voice in your head.
But as some of you may know, before Myers came to be the mean, green, farting machine we all know and love, another comedy great and Saturday Night Live alum was set to voice the role of the title character: Chris Farley.
In 1997, Chris Farley had finished an estimated 80-90% of his recordings before passing away unexpectedly later that year of a drug overdose. He had gotten so far along, in fact, that DreamWorks considered hiring an impersonator, before deciding to hire Mike Myers. As far as I know, there had been no released audio of Farley's work on the film, until now.
Paired with the storyboard drawings and Eddie Murphy's Donkey, the released scene is fairly relevant to the internal struggle Chris Farley went through in his final years. You can hear how deeply connected he is to Shrek's feeling of being misunderstood and simply looking for love and acceptance for who he was.
In light of all of the attention around Brent Hodge's I Am Chris Farley documentary, which was released last month, the following clip has recently made its way around Reddit:
Kevin Farley recently discussed his brother's portrayal of the character with Yahoo! and spoke on how different it would have been from Mike Myers' take, saying:
"Originally the Shrek character was a little bit more like Chris, like a humble, bumbling innocent guy."
Personally, I think Farley would have made a fantastic Shrek! His acting skills have brought a new feel to the character and resulted in a totally different final product.
Still, since the franchise has released four films and ran for over 14 years, it's hard to imagine anyone else in the role besides Mike Myers. But now that I've heard this one clip, I'm eager to hear the rest of it!