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You’ll Never Guess Who Almost Voiced Shrek

We all grew up loving Shrek. What started as a lovable character for us as kids became our spirit animal as we grew up into solitary, ogre-grumpy semi-adults (just me?)

But the big green Scottish guy was almost a very different onion with a few extra layers.

Apparently, the late SNL alum Chris Farley (*pours one out for my favorite comedic actor gone too soon*) was not only signed on for the Dreamworks hit – the character was designed for him.

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Courtesy of the video below, headshot courtesy of Wikipedia, SNL

It’s hard to imagine Shrek voiced by anyone else, and luckily you don’t have to. A recording of Farley voicing his version of Shrek was leaked, and illustrates (literally) a very different version of the sensitive Ogre.

Farley’s Shrek was “a little bit more like Chris,” Farley’s brother Kevin said. “like a humble, bumbling, innocent guy.”

And that totally comes across in the clip, Shrek seeming more like a Wreck it Ralph type character before Wreck it Ralph was a thing.

Farley had recorded 80-90% of the dialogue for the movie before his death in ’97, and it’s lucky that we got to see behind the curtain of what his Shrek could have been…although I’m a little disappointed that he wasn’t an ogre-man livin’ in a van down by the river.

Carlyn Hill

Dad joke aficionado, cartoonist, & contributor for sites like HelloGiggles and The Mary Sue by night. When I'm not writing or drawing, you can find me in my cave of a room hanging out with my boyfriend, Netflix.