When Mike Myers was initially offered the role of the big green ogre by DreamWorks Animation honcho Jeffrey Katzenberg, he admits he wasn't completely sold—on the movie's title.
"I was like, Shrek. Can you change the name?" the comedic actor recalls asking Katzenberg in this exclusive behind-the-scenes clip featured on the Shrek Forever After DVD/Blu-ray out Dec. 7. "He goes, 'No, we're quite confident.' "
But being convinced that the Shrek title would work wasn't the only thing that influenced Myers' decision to lend his voice to the now-iconic character.
"He [Katzenberg] told me the message of the film, which is that you're already beautiful, don't let other people tell you you're not," Myers says. "And I thought, when I have grandkids, that's the sort of well-told, silly, fun fairy tale I want to take them to."
That, and having them hear grandpa opposite the likes of Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow.
When told who his costars would be, Myers recalls saying, 'Well, then I'm in.' "