Original Chris Farley Audio
|Shrek (Chris Farley Audio)|
|Early design for Shrek, back when Farley was attached, and Chris Farley himself.|
Unfortunately, with about 95% of the film's dialogue finished (his role included), Farley died from a drug overdose on December 18, 1997 at the age of 33, still working on the film just a week before his death. There were talks of having a vocal impersonator brought in to record the remaining lines, but ultimately, fellow SNL cast member Mike Myers was hired and the script was re-written, becoming the Academy Award*-winning film we know and love.
The studio had not released any of the audio, and nothing had been heard of it by the public, until the early morning hours of August 5, 2015, when Reddit user Bttfan shared a VimeoPro video uploaded by Dreamworks Development Producer, John Garbett showing a two and a half minute scene from the film's early storyboard reel, featuring Farley's voice. Time will tell if any more footage will surface.
Non-Scottish Mike Myers audio
During production of the DreamWorks animated movie Shrek, Mike Myers, voice of the titular character, initially recorded all of Shrek's dialogue in his normal voice. Later when the film was well into production, Myers asked to go back and re-record all of his lines in a Scottish accent like the ones he used in So I Married an Axe Murderer and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, which producer Jeffrey Katzenberg agreed to whole-heartedly upon hearing Myers performance.Some audio of Mike Myers' original recordings can be heard in the Shrek Technical Goofs bonus feature from the DVD.