Happily Ever After -- Again
Get ready for a giant summer colored green, as
that lovable Shrek, Princess Fiona and Donkey stomp back into
theaters. The animated hit that takes a twisted view of fairy
tales is back, and this time its stars Mike Myers, Cameron
Diaz, and Eddie Murphy are joined by one cool cat, Antonio
Banderas, who plays a swashbuckling Puss in Boots.
We sat down with the talented cast who say
they're still fired up about the nearly $1 billion success
of the original "Shrek." Did they have any idea it would be
so popular? "No, and neither did anyone involved with it,"
said Eddie. "Usually the movie (that) you think is gonna be
the one -- 'This is gonna kill 'em!' -- that one goes in the
toilet. When 'Pluto Nash came out, I was like, 'yeah, I'm
getting ready to kick ass!'"
And according to Cameron, "Shrek's" a hit due to
its simple message: accepting people for who they are: "We're
all being told, in our culture, we're all meant to look exactly
the same and we all wear the same underwear, we all wear the
same t-shirts," she explained
In this next installment of the enchanted tale, Princess Fiona
takes Shrek home to "meet the parents," who are
voiced by John Cleese and Julie Andrews. And Mike has his
own memories of meeting his in-laws (his mother-in-law was
the model for Mike's famous "Linda Richmond, Coffee-talk"
character from "Saturday Night Live"). "I'm a protestant
from Toronto and Scottishie-Irishie. And my wife's Jewish
from Queens," he recalled. "The second night I'd
met my wife, (my mother-in-law-to-be) went, 'great, my daughter's
in love with Opie!'"
And fans are in love with "Shrek" -- the green guy's second
go-round opens next week -- but you can catch a sneak peek
right here and now: we've got a gallery of stills and a selection
of scenes from the film.
CHECK OUT THESE GREEN SCENES FROM "SHREK