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THE MOVIE: Shrek the Third

THE STARS:
(voices) Mike Myers • Eddie Murphy • Cameron Diaz • Antonio Banderas • Julie Andrews • Rupert Everett • John Cleese • Amy Poehler • Justin Timberlake
DIRECTOR: Chris Miller

They THE CONCEPT:
When King Harold (Cleese) suddenly croaks, Shrek (Myers) is expected to become the new King of Far Far Away. A reluctant would-be monarch, he sets out to find Fiona’s (Diaz) long-lost cousin Artie (Timberlake), a medieval high school outcast, who could take over the throne. While Shrek is away, his old nemesis, Prince Charming (Everett) returns to the kingdom for revenge.

U.S. RELEASE: May 18 2007, Nationwide • Rated: PG

THE COMMENTS:

MIKE MYERS:
Shrek and Mike Myers“I love the world of Shrek so much. It’s an odd experience though, because you are in this booth, and you don’t really get a lot of feedback. You see the people in the booth and occasionally they go, ‘Let’s try another one.’ So I have developed imaginary friends. I have this imaginary eagle that sits with me and I talk to her. If it’s a particularly good take she goes, ‘Ka!’ [he laughs] And if it’s a great take she does three ‘Ka’s.’ And I go, ‘What’s that? I was pretty good in that one.’”

CAMERON DIAZ:
 Princess Fiona  and Cameron DiazZ“I’m happy to be a part of Shrek because of the integrity of the film, the message that it puts out every time; the fact that it’s for so many audiences. The princesses are the vehicle for this story that says, don’t just sit around and wait to be rescued, you can’t wait for somebody to do it for you. That’s a message for everyone. I’m honored to be a part of that.”

ANTONIO BANDARES (Puss in Boots) on his reaction to Donkey and Puss being transformed into each other characters:
Puss in Boots and Antonio Bandares“I couldn’t believe I was going to be trapped in that sack of potatoes. [he laughs] But it’s just 15 minutes in the movie. I think it creates more comedy for the characters. You see a donkey talking like a cat. It actually makes the rivalry between the two characters stronger, which is great.”

AMY POEHLER:
Snow White and Amy Poehler“Snow White is such an iconic figure that I wanted to try to do some new take on her, and I thought it would be fun for her to be real bossy because she has a lot of people and animals that she takes care of. She acts like she’s got it all together, and then when things fall apart, she’s the first to freak out.”

RUPERT EVERETT:
Prince Charming and Rupert Everett“I love animated films. I think they shed more light on society than live action does really, to be honest. I think Shrek and The Simpsons and South Park tell you much more about the world than Maid in Manhattan or Mission Impossible. Live action doesn’t seem to tell you anything; it’s all wannabe characters and fantasy relationships and political correctness.”

JULIE ANDREWS (The Queen):
Shrek and his voice“The quality of this third film is superb. It’s luminous and it’s pretty and I’m so pleased that everybody else picked up on it. Everybody in all my interviews yesterday were saying that [they couldn’t believe] that digital animation could go ever further that it had.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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