By Fred Topel | Image property of DreamWorks Animation
Shrek Forever After sort of reinvents the whole Shrek mythology. When Shrek makes a deal with Rumplestiltskin that creates an alternate universe, he sees what Fiona would become if he’d never rescued her from the tower. Then he has to make her fall in love with him again. Cameron Diaz enjoyed revisiting the romance of the first Shrek.
Cameron Diaz Talks Shrek Forever After
“I think you get to see true love happen all over again for the first time between Shrek and Fiona because they get to find one another,” Diaz said. “It’s the moment that you’re talking about, your favorite moment from the first movie that you get to experience all over again. You get to take that journey with them of finding that love again. You open up on two of them in the routine of a life that they’ve taken it for granted. Shrek has for sure and then you get to see him journey back through trying to regain finding his true love. You get to fall in love with Shrek and Fiona all over again.”
In the alternate reality, Fiona stops waiting and breaks herself out of the tower, becoming a leader of an ogre army. That’s nothing new to Diaz. “For me, Fiona’s always been a warrior. I’ve always seen her as that she’s been a warrior of love through all of these films. What she’s worked for and what she fought for is the love that she has for herself and she has for Shrek and her family and friends. So she’s always been a warrior. It’s just been a different tone for this film. Her responsibility is a little bit more obvious as far as the resistance. She’s always been a warrior to me, and I think through that her nature, that is part of her nature, and it has given her all of the things in her life that she values.”
Shrek Forever After
The lessons in Shrek Forever After are for the whole family. “I think it’s for both adults and children. You’re never too old or too young to learn stuff and I think that’s the case with all the Shrek films and why they’re so successful. They’re not just speaking to one audience. Anyone who watches it can understand exactly what Shrek and Fiona are going through relevant to their own lives.”
Revisiting the Shrek series, there is one thing Diaz would have changed in retrospect of Shrek 2. “If I had known that Fiona's parents both had British accents when I first started - that they were being voiced by Julie Andrews and John Cleese - I might have [done an accent.] When I first started the movie, when I did my voice, I didn't know who was playing my parents. So it was one of those things where I was like, ‘Wait a second! How come I sound like I am from California?’”
Shrek Forever After opens to theaters on May 21st.