"Cleese Fine-Tuned Shrek 2"
published on on Tuesday, 19 August 2003
Friday, 12 September 2003

Shrek 2, featuring John Cleese, opens June 18, 2004

John Cleese, who voices Princess Fiona's father in the upcoming computer-animated sequel film Shrek 2, told SCI FI Wire that he has been fine-tuning the royal character over the course of four recording sessions. "It's actually in the course of recording the lines that you slowly begin to see that this inflection or this way of doing it seems to work and that inflection or that way of doing it doesn't," Cleese said in an interview. "That's what I feel I'm doing when I'm recording. I'm slowly filing it down. I'm getting a better sense of what works for this character, this style of script."

Cleese, who plays the king of Fiona's hometown of Far Far Away, added that he first listened to the filmmakers' ideas, because he felt they had been with the character longer than he had. "You're in the room with people who at that point have probably been thinking about the movie for six months, and you have very little idea indeed," he said. "So most of the first couple of sessions are trying to find out what's in their minds."

Though he's open to improvising, Cleese said he has so far only made up four lines in his entire work on the project. Shrek 2, which picks up the story of the green ogre (Mike Myers), Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and Donkey (Eddie Murphy), opens June 18, 2004.