Did Mike Myers Record Almost All of Shrek Before Deciding to Re-Record His Lines With a Scottish Accent?
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MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: Four million dollars worth of animation had to be redone on Shrek when Mike Myers decided to redo all of his dialogue on the film with a Scottish accent.
More than most films, Shrek had a strange journey on its way to earning over a billion dollars at the box office for the four Shrek films (Shrek, Shrek II, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After, plus a bunch of spin-offs and TV movies).
Stephen Spielberg originally bought the rights to the 1990 William Steig picture book Shrek! just a year after the book was released. However, it would not be until 1997 that Spielberg’s new company, Dreamworks, would begin production on the film. Originally, the film’s titular giant was to be played by a real life giant of a man, Saturday Night Live star Chris Farley. Sadly, Farley had not yet completed recording his role in the film when he died of a heart attack in 1997. Farley’s former Saturday Night Live castmate Mike Myers was brought in to replace Farley. Myers asked for the script to be rewritten to accommodate his different comedic approach (he and Farley obviously had a much different style). This was done and Myers recorded pretty much his entire role over the course of 1999 (he would record the film in bits and pieces, a scene here a scene there, etc.). In February of 2000, a rough cut of the movie (not yet animated – basically just rough layouts with a little rough animation here and there) was shown to Myers. Myers liked what he saw, except for one “minor” problem…he wanted to re-record all of his dialogue!
Read on to learn his reasoning and to see what Dreamworks had to do to accommodate this request!