Sunday, December 30, 2012

Would the Real Shrek Step Forward

That's a dumb title but I'm leaving it. Apparently Shrek was based on an actual person. This is him. Probably you all already know this. Tell me what you think. Or not.


In some versions of this picture they have 'shopped Shrek in black and white.
You know, in case we couldn't make the jump with our tiny brains.

ahaha...carrying away fair maiden as ogres are want to do



Maurice Tillet was born in Russia to French parents. He suffered from acromegaly which is a condition sometimes caused by a benign tumor on the pituitary gland causing bones to over grow and thicken. Sometimes it's caused by blue fairies after they've cursed you. Before this started happening he was nicknamed "The Angel" because he had an "angelic" face. Do you think I could find pictures of said angelic face? No. Why? Because acromegaly sells better. Also? His baby pictures might not exist due to his family not being able to have someone take his picture. Cameras might not have been invented way back then. In Russia.

Contrary to what you might assume, he was an intelligent person and spoke several languages. How many did Shrek speak? Two tops? Assuming "ogre" is a language, that is.

He was so smart he was on track to become a lawyer but his condition prevented it. Why? Because back then looking like a lawyer was OK but looking like what a lawyer's heart would look like if that heart was a face was not OK.

Andre the Giant in his prettier, slimmer hipped days

So what's a poor kid with acromegaly to do? Naturally, he became a wrestler. Like Andre The Giant. A the G - also known as André René Roussimoff and who also had acromegaly - didn't have a story book character based on him. He actually became the ogre, so to speak.

Anyhow back to Maurice Tillson. He became a wrestler. After five years in the Navy as an engineer. He seems to have accepted his unique facial characteristics and gone on with his life and considering he started out as "The Angel" I think that says something about his character. Andre the Giant took to drinking a lot and that was his undoing. Maurice Tillson died of heart disease in 1953. Tillson and um Giant went on to gain immortality as storybook story characters, well reported on by all who knew them. What's better than that?. 

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