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Chris Farely's vocal work on Shrek bubbles to the Internet's surface.
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Did you know Chris Farley was the original choice to voice Shrek?

Well, it's true. Unfortunately, the comic actor died after finishing most of the dialogue for the first film, leaving what work he did lost in Hollywood's basement.

That is until a short video of Farley's acting over Shrek storyboards leaked its way onto Reddit Aug. 5.

The video shows a less wacky, more down-to-earth character, which just makes the whole thing so much sadder.

Speaking to Yahoo News, Farley's younger brother Kevin Farley explained how the Shrek character had to change.

Originally the Shrek character was a little bit more like Chris, like a humble, bumbling innocent guy. I understand why [they replaced him]. hey probably wanted to make Shrek 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, so… The studio needed to do what they needed to do. It was a bad time, bad timing… a tragedy. Mike did a great job with Shrek. He knocked it out of the park.

Chris Farley died of a drug overdose in 1997. He's had something of a revival in the past few months, with the release of I Am Chris Farley, a documentary about his life.

People haven't forgotten his comedic talents either, using his past hilarious work to spice up newer movies likeMission Impossible: Rogue Nation.

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From The Archives: The late, great Chris Farley promotes the release of Tommy Boy by impersonating then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, before the real Newt Gingrich and the rest of the House Republican Conference participants, on April 4th, 1995.

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