Puss in Boots became a fan favorite when he debuted in Shrek 2, thanks largely to the smooth Spanish accent bestowed upon him by actor Antonio Banderas.
“If Zorro and a cat mated, you would have Puss in Boots,” explains PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing host Lola Ogunnaike. And Banderas agrees, telling Ogunnaike, “This character is a possibility that my professional life gave me to laugh at myself.” He signed on immediately to the film when offered the role because he loved the first Shrek so much.
But animators originally imagined Puss in Boots’ voice very differently — wanting it to be high and squeaky to match his diminutive size. “They showed me a lot of paintings of the character, and I saw how little he was,” he explains. “They want me to do a little voice, they want my accent and the Spanish obviously but with a little voice.”
Banderas changed the direction of the character when he went to his first voice-over session. “I thought, oh no, no, no, let’s just provide him with a thick voice, something that goes against the body that he has,” he recalls. “It’s almost like Puss in Boots never looked at himself in the mirror so he doesn’t know actually how big he is. He doesn’t know if he’s tall. He thinks that he’s very big. So that was comedy.”
“We had a lot of fun with his character,” he concludes.
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