by Hans ten Cate
Thursday, 13 June 2002

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John Cleese has landed a role in Shrek 2, the sequel to Dreamworks' animated comedy adventure.

The original Shrek was the smash hit of 2001, winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film and grossing over $440 million worldwide. Not bad for a film that cost only $60 million.

The film followed a grumpy ogre, Shrek (Mike Myers), a garrulous Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and the beautiful Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) on their adventures in a land where fairytales not only come true, they take on the real word, pulling its pants down and taunting it mercilessly.

Cleese will supply the voice of Princess Fiona's father in the sequel.

Cleese says he's looking forward to the role as it means working away from TV, which he doesn't find as rewarding as film and live performances. Speaking at the Banff TV festival in Canada this week, Cleese said providing recorded voice for animated features like Shrek "is much like radio. I started out in radio. It's my favourite medium."

This past April, Dreamworks exec Jeffrey Katzenberg talked to the Chicago Sun-Times about Shrek 2, confirming that Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, and Eddie Murphy would be returning. Each of them will be receiving a whopping $10 million apiece upfront, the most ever paid in the history of voice-only parts, for 15 to 18 hours of work.

According to Katzenberg, the plot of Shrek 2 is as follows: "After returning from their honeymoon and showing 'home movies' to their friends, Shrek and Fiona learn Fiona's parents have heard their daughter has married her true love and wish to meet the husband and invite him to their kingdom, called Far Far Away. When Shrek and Fiona arrive, the fun begins, because the parents had assumed that she had fallen in love with Prince Charming [and are a bit shocked to learn thier son-in-law is a 700-pound ogre with horrible hygeine and a talking donkey]. So it's a little bit of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner meets Shrek.".