Based on William Steig’s 1990s tale of the same name, Shrek’s character appears to be inspired by Maurice Tillet, a wrestler who lived in the early 1900s and suffered from acromegaly, a chronic syndrome.
Tillet develops this disease in his youth which leads to out-of-scale tissue growth due to an excess of growth hormone. At the age of 17, the problems began for him. Not only the giant nose, head, and hands, but also pains such as migraines, arthritis, and diabetes.
Despite everything, however, Tillet enlisted in the French navy when discovers his passion for wrestling. A big-hearted man, who loved animals and had even a donkey, nicknamed ‘French Angel’.
We can say at least this was not a creepy story.