Believe it or not: Shrek originally had another accent

Thursday, February 13, 2020 1:06 pm
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Once a week Jeziel and Leon share a fun fact they’ve learnt over the last seven days, something that will make you raise and eyebrow and say ” sayy whhhhat?!” Whether you believe it or not – that’s up to you!

Cast your mind back to the early 2000s. Imagine the great, green ogre we all learned to love yelling for his bride “Fiooonnnaaa!”. Now try and imagine it in a Canadian accent?

Would you believe that Mike Meyers originally voiced Shrek with a Canadian accent? After almost all of his lines were recorded and over a third of the scenes were animated, Meyers decided that a change was needed. He believed the Canadian accent didn’t fit the character – it made Shrek sound too angry when he was supposed to sound vulnerable.

He settled on a Scottish accent to play off of the story’s villain, Lord Farquad. Meyers felt that a rough Scottish accent would be a good contrast to the upper-class English accent of the antagonist.

Mike Meyers as Shrek, believe it or not, he was originally Socttish!

Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg was initially hesitant to approve the change. However, he was impressed by Meyer’s commitment to the role and chose to back the star. Eventually, the change was approved, resulting in an additional spend of “between 4 and 5 million dollars”.

This change cost 10% of the film’s total budget, but in the end, the movie made nearly $500 million – so it seems like it was worth it! Can you believe it? Join the conversation on Facebook!


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