The comedian and actor has starred in hit franchises 'Wayne's World', 'Shrek' and 'Austin Powers' but how much can you remember?
The screenwriter behind movies like Shrek and Pirates of the Caribbean has said that he's sorry for a tweet, in which he likened the offence caused by being called 'anti-vax' to that of the N-word.
A production of Shrek The Musical has run into a discrimination row after a six-foot tall actor was hired as the play's 'vertically challenged' villain.
The ogre is back... Shrek is to be rebooted by the makers of the Despicable Me movies.
Yes, it’s coming up to Halloween, and on top of all the hanging of spooky decorations and stocking up on sweeties, this is also the time of year when even the more casual viewers like to sit down to some good old-fashioned horror. Netflix has no shortage of entertainment on offer that’s just right for the night of 31 October, from old favourites to ones you might not have seen, and from the family friendly to the anything but. Here’s a list of ten great choices for Halloween viewing that can be found on the video streaming service right now.
Six years after we said goodbye to Mike Myers’ flatulent ogre and his colourful fairy tale world, it looks like we’re finally set to go back to the swamp.
According to Deadline, NBCUniversal is looking to reinvigorate the animation series after buying up the Dreamworks studio in April this year. It will be spearheaded by Chris Meledandri, the man behind Illumination Entertainment, also owned by NBCUniversal and the studio that makes the ‘Despicable Me’ franchise. “He is creatively going to try to help us figure out how to resurrect Shrek and take a lot of the existing DreamWorks franchises and add value as we create new franchises,” said NBCUniversal boss Steve Burke.
Let’s get the Wayne Rooney joke out of the way first: no, the balding, pug-eared, spherically-headed Manchester United golem was not the inspiration for Dreamworks’ most popular creation – as much as we’d love that to be the truth. The animation studio have never publically revealed if ‘Shrek’ was based on a real person, but the common consensus is that there was indeed a real man behind the ogre – and his own story is almost worthy of a Hollywood fairytale. Maurice Tillet was born in Russia in 1917 and moved to France with his parents as a child.
If you said ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ by Roderick Thorp you can have five points. It’s actually a sequel to a book called ‘The Detective’ that had been adapted into a film starring Frank Sinatra in 1968, but he was too old to play him when they decided to adapt the sequel for the screen in the 80s. It was briefly planned as a ‘Commando’ follow up too but Arnie turned it down, paving the way for Bruce Willis to play John McClane – or Joe Leland as he is in the book – in the action classic ‘Die Hard’.
New footage of the late Chris Farley’s previously-unheard performance as Shrek has been unearthed for the first time. Before Mike Myers immortalised the green-skinned ogre as a softly spoken Scot, ‘Saturday Night Live’ comic Chris Farley was due to play the lead in the DreamWorks animation. Farley died from a drug overdose in 1997 aged just 33 having recorded 80-90% of his dialogue, and after the studio toyed with the idea of hiring an impersonator to complete the role, they recast Mike Myers in the lead and the rest is history. It’s much earthier and guttural performance than Mike Myers’, who only decided to go Scottish after recording the whole film with his native Canadian accent.