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Friday, May 14, 2004
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 2:"


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