Did everyone know this? I was totally unaware that Farley was set to voice the character Shrek originally. According to his brother Kevin:
“Originally the Shrek character was a little bit more like Chris, like a humble, bumbling innocent guy…”
Chris recorded between 80 percent–90 percent of the film’s dialogue — however, following his death, filmmakers brought in his SNL cast mate Mike Myers as the new lead actor, and the rest was history.”
Seems like it would have been a much different character, even the look. Here is one of the original drawings:
Always crazy to think about stuff like this.
To be honest though, I think Mike Myers killed it and was ultimately the better fit anyway.
I mean I love Farley, guy was great. But a huge part of his act was the physicality, and playing a cartoon character would have taken at least a little bit away from that.
Guess we will never know.
(Source: Consequence of Sound)