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Meet Maurice Tillet, the inspiration behind the Shrek

If you're in your twenties today, there's a fair chance that you washed the famous cartoon called Shrek at least once when growing up. If you didn't, then let me tell you a brief summary.

Shrek is about a green ogre living in a swamp who embarks on a journey with a donkey to rescue princess Fiona, a vile lord. It was first released in 2001, and is one of the most successful animated film ever, grossing more than $480million worldwide at the Box office.

Shrek is believed to made after a man who due to a condition called acromegaly, looked somehow like shrek. Or should I rather say shrek looked like him.

Maurice Tillet was a French wrestler who was better known by his ring name The french Angel. He had a very unusual appearance as he suffered acromegaly caused by a tumor in the pituitary gland from the age of 20, which made his heads, hands and feet to swell.

His condition prevented him from achieving his initial dream of becoming a lawyer and had to go into wrestling due to his size.

Born in 1903 in France, he died of cardiovascular disease in Chicago, USA in 1954 at the age of 50.

His facial attributes was believed to have inspired Shrek.


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