Even though Mike Myers’ voice for Shrek has grown so recognizable over the past few decades, it turns out that the Canadian actor wasn’t the initial option for the part.
Let me refresh you with Shrek
The 1990 William Steig novel of the same name served as the basis for the 2001 American computer-animated comedy picture Shrek. It is the opening chapter of the Shrek series.
The script was written by Joe Stillman, Roger S. H. Schulman, and the writing duo of Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, and was adapted for the big screen by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson (making their feature directing debuts).
Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow provide the voices for it. In the movie, the ogre Shrek (Myers) discovers that Lord Farquaad’s exiled fairy tale animals have taken over his swamp home (Lithgow).
In order for Farquaad to reclaim his swamp, Shrek undertakes to save Princess Fiona (Diaz) with the aid of a talking donkey (Murphy).
Can you imagine this?
Since Myers played the character in the first Shrek movie in 2001, fans love to imitate his phrases, like “Donkeh!” and “GET OOT A MA SWAMP.”
He kept coming back to give the ogre his recognizable Scottish dialect, and the franchise’s success and continued popularity are proof that he got it dead on.
All of that, though, may have been quite different if a different actor hadn’t turned down the part long before the movie was released in theaters.
Imagine the following scenario: Smash Mouth’s song “All Star” starts playing, we see Shrek going about his morning routine, and who do we hear when he opens his mouth? Nicolas Cage, star of National Treasure and Ghost Rider.
Although it’s really difficult to imagine, it’s true.
Cage said that he did decline the job of Shrek when the producers were seeking for their main monster more than two decades ago in an interview with Today in 2013.
He denied the role, stating that it was accurate.
The reality is, I’m not scared to be ugly in a movie. When you’re drawn, it kind of speaks more about how children are going to view you than anything else, and I so care about that, Cage added. “Well, the press stated it was out of vanity. I think that’s a bit extreme.
A few years later, the actor portrayed another animated character in The Croods, a huge, brash character named Grug.
When asked why he passed on Shrek, Cage stated: “I wasn’t sure I could do it with Shrek. I want kids to look at Grug (and think) “okay, he’s a touch scary, but he’s a huge teddy bear.”
Even if Myers wasn’t the original choice to play Shrek, the series wouldn’t have been the same without him.
One fan wrote: “I’m delighted Mike Myers ultimately accepted the job, since I can image Shrek being voiced by Nicolas Cage and it doesn’t work.” Other fans expressed their satisfaction that Cage declined the part.
“Disaster averted! Mike Myers was simply great!” said another.
Finding buried treasure is one of Cage’s skills, but I believe we can all agree that Myers is and will always be the ideal Shrek.
For About $200 Million, Justin Bieber Has Just Sold His Whole Music Catalog
The whole music collection of Justin Bieber was auctioned for USD $200 million. According to Rolling Stone, the pop artist gave the Hipgnosis Songs Fund the rights to his songs. The sizable agreement covers 290 of his works that will be released by December 21, 2021. Therefore, the British investment and song management firm owns all of those beloved classics, such as “Baby,” “Love Me”, and even “Boyfriend”!
Leaving a Legacy
With this agreement, Hipgnosis has acquired a 100% interest in the publishing rights and the artist’s portion of the income from the 28-year-master old’s recordings, which are still owned by Universal Music Group. Additionally, they are entitled to neighboring rights, which apply to any public performances of his music. Following the announcement of the contract, Scooter Braun, Bieber’s longtime manager, said through CNN: “Justin is truly a once in a generation artist and that is reflected and acknowledged by the magnitude of this deal. For 15 years I have been grateful to witness this journey and today I am happy for all those involved. Justin’s greatness is just beginning.”
From a Business Perspective
Bieber joins a lengthy line of musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, Motley Crue, Sting, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, who have lately sold their libraries. Bieber is the biggest musician traded for in his generation, surpassing Springsteen, whose catalog was sold for an estimated $550 million. If you have something that’s popular, everyone wants to get in on it, according to Cynthia Katz of the legal firm Fox Rothschild, which has handled infamous deals like the sale of Motley Crue to BMG.
Taylor Swift, meanwhile, has chosen a totally different path. In 2019, after Big Machine Records, unknowing to her, sold her masters to her adversary Scooter Braun, the singer fought valiantly to regain creative control, even re-recording six of her first studio albums. She admitted that she made an attempt to repurchase them before the agreement with Braun was signed. Of course, not every singer is in to doing all the same the others do, but there lies the greatness of it all as money is always a powerful tool. A strategic move for singers, but it would be up to them to handle it all and prove their business prowess too!
Sebastian Stan Says He’s Interested in Being Luke Skywalker One Day
Sebastian Stan, who is most known for playing Bucky Barnes, or the Winter Soldier, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has developed a bit of a reputation in recent years for being essentially a perfect clone of a young Luke Skywalker. When you compare the two side by side, their similarities are startling. Mark Hamill himself has chimed in on the topic in the past, suggesting that Stan could easily be his kid.
What Could Be
So it seems sense that there has been constant pressure for Stan to portray a young Luke Skywalker at some time in the future. Face swaps, alterations, and fan art abound, making it obvious that the actor is well aware of how much the fans want to see him in the part. The higher-ups at Disney must have have seen the demand by this point, and fans have been really keen on showing the many possibilities on what can happen.
All The Possibilities
It was brought up in a recent interview with Esquire whether or not we may ever see our dreams come true, and he is technically not saying no: “Look, it’s really kind. Never say never. Mark Hamill is my father, you know, and he knows that, and I call him every Christmas to tell him, ‘just want you to know I’m around,’” he stated.
Thanks to technology, Hamill was still able to appear in The Mandalorian as a younger version of Skywalker, but there’s only so much that can be done without it seeming completely ludicrous, so it’s by no means a long-term fix. We’ll have to keep to the face swaps for the time being since there are obviously no current formal intentions to cast Stan in the part, or at least none that can be disclosed at this point.
This isn’t the first time Stan has responded to the demand; in a Good Morning America interview from last March, given to promote The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, he was asked if it was possible that the request would be granted. He replied, “If Mark Hamill calls me personally to tell me that he feels inclined to share this role with me then I’ll believe it,” when asked if it was possible.
Usain Bolt Gets Scammed and Ends Up Losing Almost $12 Million
Usain Bolt’s attorneys claim that the Olympic champion lost about $12 million from an account that was supposed to help him pay for his retirement. The 36-year-old had deposited the cash in a Stocks and Securities Ltd. account in Kingston, but on January 18, his attorney asserted that only approximately $12,000 remained of the millions that had been there. According to Linton P. Gordon, Bolt’s life savings were in the account, but since the money vanished, regulators have not gotten in touch with either him or Bolt.
A Huge Surprise
The day before Gordon revealed the money had vanished, the Jamaican Financial Services Commission announced that, in response to concerns of fraud claims, it had appointed its own temporary manager to the investment firm. A copy of the letter Gordon wrote Stocks & Securities Limited on January 16 demanding the money be returned within 10 days or the company will face civil and criminal action was made available to the Associated Press by Gordon.
Quite the Odd Occurrence
As the Jamaican Financial Services Commission continues to look into the company, Stocks & Securities Limited requests on its website that customers direct any questions to the commission. Earlier this month, Stocks & Securities Limited disclosed that it had learned of the alleged scam and stated that several of its clients may be missing millions of dollars. Nigel Clarke, the finance minister for Jamaica, noted that although the situation was concerning, it was also quite exceptional.
NIgel Clarke had then stated: “It is tempting to doubt our financial institutions, but I would ask that we don’t paint an entire hard working industry with the brush of a few very dishonest individuals.” While the Financial Services Commission conducts its investigation, the company is permitted to continue operations, but all transactions require government authorization. After setting world records in the 100-meter, 200-meter, and 4×100-meter relay events, Bolt ended his athletic career in 2017.