|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.